May 12, 2012

Finding the Book

Years ago I began a tradition, visiting my local Chapters outlet every June to stock up on books for my summer reading. And these weren't just any books. They had to be stories set in my favorite locations - France, Italy and the islands of Greece... I loved the whole process of trolling the bookshelves, with the scent of Starbucks coffee perfuming the air. But was there an easier way to pinpoint my search? I didn't want to miss a gem hidden on a lower shelf.

Now we have, offering readers a list of travel novels set in locations from Afghanistan to Vietnam. This handy website also offers visitors the option of signing up for their One Country One Book Club. The club provides subscribers with a series of four weekly emails containing interesting background information about the featured book. The most recent selection is Susan Vreeland's Luncheon of the Boating Party, one of my favorites.

And the newest feature at is their What to Read - What to Do feature on their blog, currently featuring The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson and ways to immerse yourself in the lavender of Provence.

If you love to read novels set in your favorite locales, check out

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