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Chapter 27 - The Staycation


Many of us will not be going on vacation or at least, not going very far as we are still under COVID-19 restrictions and watch. That doesn't mean we can't take trips via books and often that is the best way to travel as you learn so much about the different places you read about. You can even time travel if you want!

In the past my adult vacations have taken me to England, Scotland, Ireland, New York, New Hampshire, the United Arab Emirates, DisneyWorld, California and a number of other places. That's just not going to happen this year so I'll have to get my travel out in a different way.

Here are some books that will take you away for a while.

That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo - I first read Richard Russo last year with his book, Chances Are and I became a fan. That Old Cape Magic is the story of a family who always vacationed at the Cape. Griffin and his wife, Joy have made many decisions at their Cape Cod summer home. Now their daughter, Laura, is getting married there and both Griffin and Joy have brought dates to the wedding. How did this happen? Read it and find out.

The Little French Bistro by Nina George - Marianne is stuck in a loveless marriage. She leaves her life behind and goes to Brittany where she teams up with a cast of characters who help her find what is important in her life.

The Little Cafe in Copenhagen by Julie Caplin - This charming little Brit chick lit story is about a young PR rep who ends up taking a group of press people to Copenhagen to learn the meaning of hygge. The descriptions of Copenhagen makes the reader want to visit Denmark.

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton - Cleeton has written two books about a Cuban family who is forced to leave Cuba because of the revolution. Both are excellent and the descriptions of old Havana are vivid and have one wishing for a place which no longer exists.

New York: A Novel by Edward Rutherfurd - This is the gritty story of New York, which, no offense to New York, most people are not visiting this year. An wonderfully big book, it spans from when New York was Indian fishing village to 9/11 and follows a number of families through the decades. It is a book that makes you want to visit.

Do you have any favorite take-you-away books? Let me know.

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