I wrote a column in Country Woman magazine back in April/May on Travel Stories, but I never shared them here. Today I am sharing those three books along with other general fiction books centered around travel.
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
This story about an older man who travels the world after his wife’s death is really sweet. He’s kind of grumpy, but he comes out of his shell and learns a lot about her past because of a charm bracelet he finds in her closet. I really enjoyed the characters and the story. It’s the perfect book for readers of all ages.
Gaining Visibility by Pamela Hearon
This book is steamy! A woman takes a trip to Italy after recovering from breast cancer, but when she injures herself on the very first day, she must let someone else (a much younger man!) take care of her. I don’t really ever read “romance” novels, but this one is pretty close, even though it’s tagged as women’s lit.
Valley of the Moon by Melanie Gideon
I loved this book! A young woman goes camping and encounters a mysterious fog. When she walks through it, she finds herself in a town that has been trapped in the past. It’s idillic and the perfect escape. She even finds romance. The novel spans many years, which it’s always the best for me, but here it worked very well.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
This book has the best, most consistent time-travel plot I’ve ever read. It spans over many years and tells the story through time of Henry and Clare’s epic romance. I’ve listened to it many times since I initially read in over 10 years ago. If you’ve seen the movie, you still ought to read the book. It’s amazing.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
This book is all told through letters. I love that style! Juliet sells a book to someone on the island of Guernsey during WWII, and they begin an unusual friendship. She eventually travels to visit the island and becomes quite involved with the local people. I just love the idea of being friends through letters first and then meeting in real life. The audiobook is full cast audio, and it is just amazing!
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
In 1932, Jacob runs away with the circus. He’s parents have died and he doesn’t have the money to finish vet school, so he becomes a circus animal doctor instead. This book is full of adventure, romance, and murder. I’ve also read/listened to this book several times. I really like it. A lot.
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