How do you choose which stories to read?
Many people look at covers, read back cover copy, or check out reviews.
Sometimes the setting is what catches my eye.
I picked up Letter Perfect by Cathy Marie Hake and read the back cover blurb. Two words jumped out at me: Folsom, California. That’s all it took. I raced to the register and plunked down the cash.
Folsom is half an hour away from where I live. I passed by it on my way home that day and felt a thrill, knowing I’d be reading a story set there. It was good, but I enjoyed it even more because it took place in Folsom, a town I visit often.
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I got excited when I learned that Candace Calvert’s first medical romance, Critical Care, is set in my town of Placerville, California. It took me no time to order a copy for that reason alone.
While I was drawn to the setting and enjoyed reading scenes set in places near my home, I ended up discovering an incredibly talented author. Candy’s story is so good it kept me up all night. It’s a real page-turner.
I bought Candy’s first book because of the setting. Her excellent writing led me to buy her subsequent titles.
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As I pondered the importance of a story’s setting to readers, I thought about Barbour’s Destination Romances line. I saw some promotion for the February title, A Wedding to Remember in Charleston South Carolina, on the Creative Madness Mama blog last week.
At the bottom of the post, the blogger, Margaret Chind, posted the following information about the six titles coming out in the first half of 2012.
Six Brand-New Destination Romances
Historic and Contemporary Romances from Popular Authors
Contemporary and historical romance fans rejoice with the release of six brand-new destination romances from Barbour Publishing. Scheduled for release January 2012 through June 2012, each novel is a destination read that provides a relaxing escape.
The setting is an important part of the stories, so much so that the location of each book is included in its title as they are in the popular Love Finds You line from Summerside Press.
As the author of the July title in Barbour’s Destinations Romance line, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, I wonder how much of an effect the setting will have on readers. My local friends hear the title and are interested because they know exactly where this Gold Rush-era town is. But will those who live in other states be as intrigued?
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I’m eager to find out what you think about settings.
Does a story’s setting matter all that much to you as a reader?
Do you have favorite settings? Small towns, perhaps? Certain parts of the country?