Simple Wishes is story about how love can grow in even the most inhospitable places—it combines a complex and intricate drama with a rich, inspiring location. For my city-slicker heroine, getting back to the simple life is no simple task!
Here’s the scoop on the Simple Wishes story: the heroine, Adele, makes a mistake which forces her to leave her NYC apartment and return to the mountain cottage she inherited from her estranged mother. There, the complex relationships she develops with a troubled teenager, an elderly Korean grandmother, and the sexy carpenter-next-door cause her to rethink her life and her desires. Just when true love is within reach, dark secrets from her mother’s past threaten to send her running away again.
Many of the scenes in the book are taken right from the real-life setting of my grandparent’s rustic cabin in the Eastern Pennsylvania mountains. I’m from a very cramped area of Northern NJ (if you’ve watched The Sopranos, you know where I’m from). So the rich setting in the mountains offers great inspiration—some facts are so unique you just can’t make this stuff up.
For example, there’s a guy at the end of my grandfather’s road who built a ginormous squirrel gymnasium. It’s amazing. The squirrels can spin on it like a Ferris wheel or giant teeter-totter. I also like how the locals in his neck of the woods all have these great nicknames for each other: No-Nose Bill. Antique Joe. No-Pants Al. There’s a story to be told everywhere you look.
Also, there’s something romantic about the mountains that I just love. Small-town festivals. Quiet, snow-covered roads. That brittle, whispering sound the leaves make in the fall right before they turn. Even though my heroine doesn’t quite know how to appreciate the beauty of the mountains at first, she learns to overcome her troubled past thanks to new friends and the love of a good man.
Simple Wishes is a blend of everything I love most about women’s fiction (emotional depth and complexity) with everything I love most about romance ( a great hero, a meaningful love story, and a happily ever after). It was a no –brainer to set it in the beautiful, yet challenging locale of the mountains.
Do you have a meaningful memory of a time in the mountains? Leave a comment and let me know. I’d love to give away a copy of Simple Wishes to one commenter today!
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All the best,