Have you ever been to Savannah and Tybee Island on the Atlantic coast of Georgia, USA? These two romantic southern towns are the settings for my Savannah Sweethearts series of 11 books. Some of my readers have commented and asked me about these places, so I thought it would be fun to talk about them today.
Note: I’ve added some questions for you along the way. Comment with your answers (to any or all questions) for an opportunity to win one of three ebook copies of Walk You There (Savannah Sweethearts Book 5). This middle-of-the-series book has walking tours (and trolley tours) of historic Savannah, so I felt that it’s appropriate for this blog post.
Chartered in 1732 and founded in 1733 as the last British colony in America, the city of Savannah is located on the banks of the Savannah River instead of directly on the Atlantic Ocean, like Tybee Island is. Tybee is that laidback southern beach town, with a lot of sand and sun and surf. If you want to have an idea of how the beaches feel like at various times of the day, you’ll have to read Savannah Sweethearts because I wrote in my own real life experiences visiting these places.
Questions: Do you like to read about real places in fiction books? Have you read about a city that sounded so realistic, only to find out later that the author had invented the whole place based on another real city? I think authors have reasons they do that. I don’t create an entire town, but I did take a bit of poetic liberty by inventing a fictitious restaurant for my Savannah Sweethearts series. I did not want to use a real restaurant (you’ll find out why in Book 10), so I added a new city block to my fictionalized Savannah and plopped down a restaurant. If you have read Savannah Sweethearts, do you remember the name of the restaurant?
Savannah is a busy port and city. Container ships go up and down the river day and night. It’s a working city filled with local residents and even more tourists. You might not want to be caught in the afternoon traffic jam on Fridays. Also be prepared to walk a bit if you parked your vehicle a distance away (for cheaper parking). You might need to walk some blocks to get to River Street, where I set a number of my scenes in Savannah Sweethearts. You can watch Friday night fireworks right there by the Savannah River, take a riverboat dinner cruise, or find my characters walking together up and down the waterfront.
Questions: Do you live in a small town or a big city or somewhere in between? What do you think about the traffic and busyness of your city? I know that some people love living in a bustling, noisy, honking city. On the other hand, some people prefer the quiet and rural countryside where they can find solitude and enjoy the nature that God has made. What about you?
While the buildings you see in the squares, surrounded by old live oak trees, might look old, many of the buildings that President George Washington saw in 1791 had suffered through a devastating fire. However, the good news is that General Sherman did not burn down Savannah during the American Civil War, choosing to spare it as a Christmas present to President Abraham Lincoln in 1864.
Questions: Do you pay attention to the history of the town or city you live in? Do you try to keep the history alive in your own mind so that if someone asks about it, you have information to give? Even though I visit Savannah, I don’t live there, but I live in the same state of Georgia, and history is all around me. I try not to forget our roots. How about you?
Walk You There, Book 5 of my Savannah Sweethearts series, is about a tour guide trying to save some of the historic homes in town. One of the nicest things about Savannah is the preservation of old buildings. I love walking about the city squares (and they are squares) enjoying the live oak trees and the lovely gardens here and there. There are many walking tours in Savannah, or you can catch a trolley tour to save your feet!
Questions: Have you toured a historic city? Did you take a walking tour, a carriage tour, or a motorized tour (like a car, trolley, or bus)? What did you think about such tours? Which do you prefer? I’ve been on large bus tours at various other tourist sites, but Savannah is small enough for walking tours when the weather is nice. If you have ever been to Savannah on a walking tour, do let me know!
That’s about all I have for Savannah at the moment. I am waiting for the weather to warm up so that I can return to Savannah and Tybee Island. There are some nice restaurants there. And the beach is always lovely.
If you are new to my Savannah Sweethearts series, you can jump start on it by reading Know You More (Book 1). I’m writing Find You Again (Book 8). Call You Home (Book 10) is next. Where is Book 9? A year-round Christmas romance, Wish You Joy (Book 9) has been out for a while. Throughout these books, I hope that my readers are encouraged by God’s love and care. “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (I John 4:10).
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Have a wonderful day in the Lord!