By Narelle Atkins
Last week I read Marion Ueckermann’s debut contemporary romance novella, Helsinki Sunrise, set on an island near Helsinki in Finland. A great read, and you can check out my book recommendation here. One thing that struck me as I read Marion’s novella was the authenticity of the Finnish culture and setting that flavored the story. I consider Finland an exotic setting, and a place I’d love to visit. I live in Australia and many of our American readers consider Australia an exotic setting. A country they dream of visiting in real life, and enjoy reading about in books.
|North Curl Curl Beach in Sydney, Australia.|
My conclusion is an exotic setting is like beauty, and very much in the eye of the beholder. We all have different ideas on which locations we consider exotic, often depending on our heritage and life experiences. I have a Friday Weekend Escape travel feature on my blog. Many of my guests showcase their home towns in locations I’d define as exotic.
I love travelling and reading fiction books set in different parts of the world. I was recently browsing our blog backlist titles page and 2013-2015 Releases page, which categorizes our book releases by country.
Through my reading I could travel to exotic locations outside Australia including:
- Africa with Lisa Harris and LeAnne Hardy
- historic India with Christine Lindsay
- China with Kathi Macias
- Japan with Jennifer Rogers Spinola
- England with Donna Fletcher Crow
- historic Scotland with Eva Maria Hamilton
- Ireland with Grace Bridges
- historic Siberia with Janice L. Dick
- UK, USA and Australia with Ian Acheson
- North America with Sandra Orchard, Valerie Comer, Jenn Kelly and Lisa Harris.
I can travel to other worlds and read sci-fi books by P.A Baines and Grace Bridges or fantasy by Valerie Comer.
Which settings do you consider exotic? Is there a particular exotic location or setting you enjoy reading, or would like to read?
Leave a comment on this post with the name of a book you'd like to read that's set in an exotic location, and I’ll put your name in the drawing. One lucky reader will win a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card that they can use to buy the books on their wish list. Don’t forget to include your email address with your comment. Good luck and happy reading!
NARELLE ATKINS writes contemporary inspirational romance and lives in Canberra, Australia. She sold her debut novel, set in Australia, to Harlequin's Love Inspired Heartsong Presents line in a 6-book contract. Her debut book, Falling for the Farmer, was a February 2014 release, followed by The Nurse's Perfect Match in May 2014, The Doctor's Return in August 2014, Her Tycoon Hero in November 2014, and Winning Over the Heiress in February 2015.
Narelle blogs regularly with Australasian Christian Writers and Inspy Romance. http://australasianchristianwriters.blogspot.com/
She is also a co-founder of the Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance (ACRBA).
Twitter: @NarelleAtkins https://twitter.com/NarelleAtkins