It’s summer here in Michigan, and gorgeous weather brings opportunities to get outside and enjoy nature! I’m an avid traveler, and when we travel, I’m always on the lookout for beautiful natural landmarks. Michigan is full of those, and my husband and I enjoy a trip to the beautiful upper peninsula almost yearly.
Since nature and travel are such a big part of my life, I wanted to reflect that in my novels. I set the Tranquil Shores Sweet Christian Romance series in a fictional lakeshore town in Michigan. In it, I describe the beautiful places I’ve seen so my readers can travel to places they haven’t been without leaving home.
The hero Alex in A Heart to Cherish is an avid nature enthusiast. In that book, you’ll find picturesque descriptions of Lake Michigan, along with mentions of other natural landmarks in my great state. Like Alex, I feel close to God when I’m out in nature, so the natural setting played a big part in that first book.
In book two, A Heart to Trust, I wanted to highlight another of my state’s awesome natural resources, so the hero’s family lives on a Michigan Centennial Farm. In that book, you’ll find a little slice of life on one of those farms. Like my characters, I live in the Fruit Belt of Michigan, so I grew up going to U-pick farms and farmer’s markets. Since the book takes place in winter, you won’t “see” a farmer’s market, but you’ll read about them. You’ll also learn a little about how we make maple syrup and even how blueberry farmers harvest their crops each year.
Find out more about the Tranquil Shores series here.
Since I adore good Christian Contemporary Romance books with beautiful settings, I wanted to share a few more series by some of our other InspyRomance bloggers. Spend some time traveling this summer without leaving the comfort of your favorite reading spot!
First up is the Trinity Lakes Romance series. This series takes place on inland lakes in Washington State. I’ve visited Washington several times, and I always find it absolutely gorgeous. You can find Never Find Another You by Narelle Atkins and Love Somebody Like You by Carolyn Miller here.
The Heroes of Freedom Ridge series takes place in a small resort town nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. I’ve read a few of these books myself, and since Colorado is one of my top ten states, the beautiful descriptions of the mountains always draw me right in. Our own Tara Grace Ericson has a book in that series which you can find here.
Toni Shiloh’s books, Her Christmas Redemption and Winning His Trust are set near Buffalo River and Ozarks in Arkansas. Since Arkansas is still one of the few states I have left to visit, I’ll have to give that one a try. You can find Her Christmas Redemption here.
The Laurel Cove Romance series by Teresa Tysinger takes place during all seasons in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. While I’ve been to North Carolina, I’ve never seen the Blue Ridge Mountains, so you can bet I’ll be checking this series out this summer! Find more information on the series here.
Another book with a Colorado setting is A Little Something Sweet by Laura Ashwood. Her book takes place in the fictional town of Caribou Falls, where the Mission Mountain range can be seen from town. You’ll also hear about nearby Caribou Lake National Park and Hanging Horn Creek. You can find it here.
Finally, Heather Gray’s Rainbow Falls series takes place in Rainbow Falls, Montana. It’s a little-but-growing town tucked into the mountains near the southern border with lots of area waterfalls. Since I’m a waterfall enthusiast, this is another series I know I’ll be sure to check out this summer. You can find it here.
Do you have any other CCR recommendations with really beautiful natural settings that play a predominant role in the novel? If not, tell me about your best travel recommendations. I may just add them to one of my vacation itineraries some day!