In the past, if you ever asked me what my favorite season was, I’d answer without hesitation. SUMMER.
I love the warm weather, time at a pool/lake/ocean, cookouts, watermelon, fireflies, longer days, and all the other lovely things summertime brings.
But I have a confession. The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve come to see the “other” side of summer. The heat. The mosquitoes. (my town actually celebrates something called “Mosquitofest” because we are covered up with mosquitoes during the summer.) The snakes that lurk around my yard. In my part of the South, the heat and humidity are enough to make even the most summer-loving person think twice.
And so, as I continue to age, I’ve began to see how many great things Fall has to offer. Don’t get me wrong, I still love summertime. But Fall, with it’s cooler temperatures and changing leaves has started to win me over. (plus I adore fall-scented candles!)
As I think also about the seasons of life we go through, it occurs to me that right now I’m in a season of transition. My husband and I are getting our house ready to go on the market. We’ve been house hunting in a city about an hour from where we currently live. It means downsizing our farm and moving farther from our parents, but will put him closer to work and me closer to civilization. (The rural area I live in makes it so that I drive forty-five minutes minimum for groceries or Starbucks or restaurants…) So it’s going to be quite a change, but one that we’re excited about.
I’m also transitioning from full-time work to part-time. I’ve been working at the same non-profit for nine years, and the past year I’ve struggled with juggling too much (a full-time job, a writing career, a family, a farm). So going part-time will free me up to write more during the day so that in the evenings I can just be with my family. I’m super excited about this because it almost feels as if I’ve been given the gift of time! (and who couldn’t use more of that?)
As I consider seasons, I can’t help but think about the books I’m currently plotting. Seasons are important! Do I want my characters to find love amid summertime cookouts and beach trips? Or will they meet under the mistletoe instead? My recent release, On Board for Romance, takes place during sweet summertime. (You can read the first chapter here!)
I’m working now on the next book in the series, A Recipe for Romance, and I’ll admit, I’m stumped on which time of year would be the very best for the story to take place. The book releases in early January.
I’m curious–as a reader, do you prefer for a book to be set during the same season it actually releases? (as in, a book coming out in December/January might have a wintery background? And a book that comes out in March might open up in the spring?) Or does it matter? I’d love for you to chime in and let me know your thoughts on books and seasons in the comments.
And if you’ve read On Board for Romance, you may want to hop over to my website! I’m doing a big giveaway of some of Riley’s favorite things–it’s some pretty fun stuff!
Hi Annalisa. I love autumn and summer! It does not matter if a book is set in a season different to when it releases, I just like to read so have to exercise patience waiting for books to be released which means if we had to wait for seasons to match up….too long!! The Arcadia Valley books are great thanks for your contributions:)
Sherri G says
I love all the seasons. They each have their own good points. I’m fortunate that I live in Kentucky and get to experience each season in all its glory.
It doesn’t matter to me which season or seasons are represented in a book as related to its release date.
Hi Annalisa! Thanks for you post. I enjoy reading your series A Homegrown Love Story in the Arcadia Romance. I am really sorry with the Amazon Publication Problem of On Board for Romance. After Amazon canceled the order, it took them over a week before Amazon sent another email stating the book had been released. As a daughter, who cared for your father for 8 years, I could relate with Riley. My father was in an assisted care facility for 6 years and enjoyed having our Sheltie visit. I wished your recipes would have been included in your book.
The answer to your post question is that usually I do not mind if a book is set in in a different season than when it releases. Since each book in the Arcadia Valley series releases in a different month, I personally would like to experience Idaho at all seasons – winter, spring, summer, and fall. Also since there is some interaction with the other books – I presume October release will have a fall festival or Halloween, November – Thanksgiving, and December – Christmas or Winterfest. As I checked the weather for Idaho in January and with the swinging temperatures not sure what one can do for January. You did an excellent job with the setting in A Romance Rekindled having Kate get the farmer’s market ready for opening day (April 15). Checking the January calendar their is New Years, Epiphany (6), Human Trafficking Awareness (11), Martin Luther King (15), & Robert Burns Night (25). Plus New Year’s resolution. Our church one year did a birthday celebration for all (seated people by seasons and the cake was decorated by the season.
Best wishes as you tackle your move, a new chapter in your life and a January release of Arcadia Valley Romance.
Hi there and a town that is covered in mosquitos?! I would have to move! I live in a high desert and so I just deal with flies which are bad enough. Triple digit heat right now and my sheep are miserable. They, like me, love late spring and early fall for chilly nights and toasty days.
How about a book inbetween winter and spring? Valentine’s Day….❤️
Margaret Nelson says
I tend to “devour” books no matter what season they’re set in :-) After living in Asia for quite a few years, where there were just 2 seasons – rainy season and dry season – I thoroughly enjoy having 4 seasons again!
Lori Smanski says
Hello, I love spring, summer and fall. To me it does not matter when the book comes out to the season in the book.
Jackie Smith says
My part of GA is hot, humid, too! I would love to move back into town, but hub loves “the country”. We have to drive 30 miles for general shopping :-(
Blessings on your move and future writing!!
Shelia Hall says
I love to read winter books in summer because it makes me feel cooler and summer in winter to feel warmer
Melissa Ellison says
I’ve never really considered the season in the book, except Christmas I tend to like reading those books around Christmas time, just seems to add to the feeling. My favorite season is Spring and fall, spring everything is coming back and blooming the Temps at nice it’s just that wow new beginning again. Fall I love the colors and crisp air.
The thought would never cross my mind to compare when the book released to the season the story is set in! That might be because I don’t often buy books when they just release…
janet estridge says
Here in Florida the seasons are all the same, hot and hotter. So reading a book set in the fall or winter helps, especially, in an air-conditioned house.
Merrillee Whren says
I don’t care about the season. I read a book when I have a chance regardless of the time frame in the story.
Jessica B. says
It doesn’t matter to me when a book a set, I will read it any time.
Nikki Dawson says
I love fall & winter seasons !! That’s when I start my sewing projects