Five Favourite Regions

August 17, 2016 | 6 comments


It is probably no secret that my favourite setting (especially for crime novels) are the Nordic/Scandinavian countries. I’ve already written multiple list with my favourite books set in this region* (see here, here and here). Five areas in the US (and one in Europe) that I’m obsessed with, even though I’ve only visited them in books or films, are in no particular order:

1. The Chesapeake Bay (Maryland and Virginia)
Book series such as the Chesapeake Diaries by Mariah Stewart and the Chesapeake Bay Saga by Nora Roberts have made me fall in love with the area along the Chesapeake Bay, a large estuary on the East coast of the US.

2. Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington)
I completely blame books such as The Search by Nora Roberts and the Thunder Point series by Robyn Carr, and films like Sleepless in Seattle and the Free Willy trilogy for making me love the Oregon and Washington area.

3. Maine
The Cider House Rules by John Irving, The Calhouns series by Nora Roberts, Paul Dorion’s mystery series about game warden Mike Bowditch, and the tv show Haven based on Stephen King’s The Colorado Kid are only a few reasons I’m convinced Maine would be a perfect area to relocate to. It’s also very possible that I might (maybe) have a soft spot for the tv show North Woods Law

4. North Carolina
Thanks to Nicholas Sparks’s novels A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, and The Choice (and of course the films based on his books), I’m starting to think the North Carolina would be a wonderful place to live.

5. Alaska
Northern Lights by Nora Roberts (and the tv movie based on it) and the film The Proposal are just a few examples that make me think that I could be quite happy in Alaska.

Bonus: Ireland
I blame my obsession with Ireland completely on Nora Roberts’ Gallaghers of Ardmore and Born In/Concannon trilogies. (And Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series has definitely rekindled that love.)

Clearly, I’m destined to live in rural communities, on islands or in the archipelago/ in a coastal or harbor town. I need to be close to both the mountains and the ocean (in real life and in books).

Which geographical regions have you fallen in love with thanks to books set there?

*To see other lists of favourite books based on a specific setting, visit the linkup at The Broke and the Bookish.

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