There is something about small-town stories that I just love. The quirky characters, the picturesque settings, the sense of community! Since my summer vacation plans are on hold, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite fictional small towns due for a literary visit. I especially love when I can read many books set in one town and see it from many different characters points of view!
Take a look at my list below and comment below with which ones you’ve visited, or are adding to your list. Some are from our own InspyRomance authors, but others are not!
Deep Haven, Minnesota (Susan May Warren)
I love being able to read lots of books set in the same place, and Susan May Warren’s Deep Haven definitely fits the bill. The Deep Haven Series is six books full of Minnesota charm, and the spin-off series (The Christiansen Series) also takes place there! Plus, there will be six more novels set here coming out in the next two years from other authors working alongside Warren.
Arcadia Valley, Idaho (Multi-author series)
The Multiauthor Arcadia Valley Series is a perfect place to go on a Small-Town Book Vacation. Arcadia Valley is “where a foodie culture and romance grow hand-in-hand.” There are twenty-four books I could find based in this town. Plus, for the month of May, you can get three of the authors complete collection for $0.99 each! That’s 12 books for $2.97 — or read them for free in Kindle Unlimited.
I love the entertwined stories here, plus the focus on faith, food, and family!
Maple Valley, Iowa (Melissa Tagg)
I love Stars Hollow, the fictional town from the Gilmore Girls, and Maple Valley, Iowa is as close as I have seen in fiction. You’ve got the crazy mayor, near-monthly festivals and events, plus all the heart and goodwill you’d expect from a rural small-town.
Maple Run, Virginia (Toni Shiloh)
Toni Shiloh has a fabulous series in the fictional small-town of Maple Run, Virginia. My favorite thread uniting these stories is that Mrs. Williams (the matriarch and co-owner of The Pit) meddles in everyone’s love life! All the books center around a restaurant called The Maple Pit where they serve BBQ and maple flavored foods, and I love that all the main characters are present for all the books. It makes you feel like you really get to know everyone!
Abundance, Missouri (Sally Bayless)
The Abundance Series has four books, plus two novellas. Plus, Book 5 is coming soon! Abundance Missouri has some of my favorite small-town staples — good restaurants and a quirky character! Earl Ray Hamlin, who is the secondary hero in Book 1 is big-hearted but also outspoken and liable to cause trouble.
Take a book vacation to Abundance, Missouri today. The Abundance Series
Minden, Indiana (Tara Grace Ericson)
Okay, I have to be honest and admit my own fictional town makes the list of places I’d like to visit! And why not? Minden has an amazing annual Fall Festival, the B&J Bistro run by the talented Chrissy Matthews, and best of all? Miss Ruth, the wise motherly figure who speaks truth and light into the community. I definitely want to attend the annual softball game and have some of The Rolling Pin’s homemade muffins.
Carson, Georgia (Mandi Blake)
The Unfailing Love series is set in the fictional small town of Carson, Georgia about an hour from Atlanta. The main characters in this 6-book series are hardworking members of the town from a mechanic, to hardware store owners, to a hair dresser. The characters love the town and the people who live there, and they won’t hesitate to help someone in need. Watch out for Ms. Miller, the town gossip. She makes her way into each book stirring up trouble for the characters.
Merryweather, Washington (Becky Wade)
I loved the Bradford Sisters Series from Becky Wade. There is a historical village PLUS a small town, and all the quintessential small-town characters and places. A bed and breakfast, coffee shop, and most importantly? A small-town library featured heavily in Book 1. Check out Becky Wade’s Bradford Sisters Series.
Pine Haven, Alabama (Hannah Jo Abbott)
In this Southern small town, the community is tight-knit. The characters come together often, whether to work for a cause or celebrate a milestone. You can walk down Main Street to eat burgers at The Depot, play a round of golf at the country club, or ride horses to The Bluff and take in the view. You’re sure to fall in love with the scenery, the people, and the stories of Pine Haven. The Faith and Love Series and The Sweet Home Billionaires Series are both set here, and it is definitely on my list of places to visit!
Shiloh and Bethel Ridge, South Carolina (Andrea Boyd)
South Carolina is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Andrea Boyd has captured the essence of the small coastal towns in The Walden Beach Series and her new Spencer Family Series. From a town trying to break a Guiness World Record for Mistletoe Kisses to mature characters who struggle with real problems, I definitely want to hit these South Carolina towns on my trip.
Let me know what you thought of my list! What fictional small-towns did I miss? How many have you visited? Are there any you still need to read? Comment below to join the conversation!