Novels provide an escape. I wrote a post about this a while ago on the blog. Reading provides you the opportunity to go anywhere in the whole of time and space, an opportunity we wouldn’t otherwise get unless the Doctor showed up to take us for a ride in the Tardis.
Each romance novel takes us to a different place. Contemporary romances take us to a world similar to our own, perhaps even to cities we have visited or lived in previously. They provide us with characters we could not meet anywhere else and the simplicity of a story about the complexity of falling in love. Paranormal romances can take us worlds beyond our own or even to our backyards with a whole underground of activities we haven’t seen. They provide characters of every race, breed, and species. Aliens, animal shifters, vampires, witches, demons, the list of possible characters goes on and on!
Where does Unbound take readers? The small town of Hartsville, nestled in the Midwest, is a town where everyone knows everyone and the neighbors are nosy. Crowds gather to celebrate the holidays together. Hartsville is a town where firemen volunteer to set off the town fireworks after promising their insurance agent not to get hurt and claim it on their policy. The police chief knows you and your parents and that black sheep
of a third cousin who he arrested ten years ago for painting a water tower.
In Hartsville, you don’t need a cellphone. People always know where to find you. If you’re not at work, your house, your best friend’s house, the diner, or the bar, you’re probably at your mama’s house eating dinner. Or maybe, you’re at the post office. It isn’t a big deal. Someone will find you without looking too
Hartsville is peaceful, quiet even, until it’s not. Then, everything goes to hell in a hand basket. You can’t keep a secret. The neighbor tells her friend who tells your aunt who tells your mother. Before you ever get home, Mama knows what you’ve been doing. Don’t even bother trying to hide it from Daddy. His sources are twice as fast as Mama’s. Everyone knows men are bigger gossips than women.
Most of that gossip, especially Daddy’s kind, takes place at the diner. Teddy’s Diner is packed full on a Sunday morning. On Saturdays, it’s worse. You’ll have to wait to take a seat in one of the worn booths. Those navy covered benches are all but threadbare but still oh so soft. You’ll chat over your coffee long after the old men return home to “work.”
Payten, Teddy’s daughter, will smile at you and ask about your kids or your husband while she pours you another cup. You’ll laugh and tell her they’re up to meanness and no good. They probably are without you home to run herd. You’ll ask Payten if the rumors are true. Is she really seeing Dean Whitley? The chief’s
Payten will toss the long braid of hair over her shoulder and tell you only this, “Read the book, silly.”
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