Finding 'Home' in the Pages

Friday, 6 February 2015

I finished First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen the other night. I can't even begin to tell you how anxious I have been to see it magically appear on my Kindle. You see, I pre-ordered it the day it appeared on Amazon and I counted down the days, until magically in the early hours of January 20th it appeared.

I just knew it was going to be brilliant and I wasn't disappointed. I'm not going into any great detail here-- y'all are just going to have to read it yourselves, but I will tell you that you'll be glad you did. Sarah has returned to Bascom, North Carolina, where it all began, to reunite us with Claire, Sydney, Evanelle, and Bay. Once again, she has written a story to be cherished.

I read it quickly, but not as quickly as I could have. Not because I didn't want to read it, but because I didn't want to finish it. Sarah's books give me the kind of comfort I can't find in most other books. Now, don't get me wrong, I love almost all books. In fact, I can't get enough of romance novels and women's fiction. But the way Sarah describes her settings and characters makes me feel like I am home. Not just my North Carolina home, but the place that my heart calls home. The home that is more contentment than a dot on a map.

So, I took my time. I read First Frost only when I could devote my unrestricted focus to it. I savored it, the way I would a crisp glass of wine or a slice of banana bread fresh from the oven. I nibbled at it, taking in the wonder of each word. And when I finally finished, I was both enchanted to have read the tale and sorry to see it end.

I have found a few other stories that leave breathless and longing for more, for example Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman, and I am always on the hunt for more. What about you? Which authors or stories feel like home to you?

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