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Subject: I collect books with settings in coastal and Mountain areas
Date Posted: 2/2/2008 9:10 PM ET
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I read mostly romance books and am looking for books with settings in the coastal areas and Mountain settings  does anyone know authors that mostly write from these kind of settings.  I don't know all the authors out there id do already have some from Anne Rivers Siddons, Susan Wiggs,Dorethea Benton Frank,and Luanne Rice, can you suggest others? or have any you're wanting to send out? thanks for any help

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 8:33 PM ET
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It looks like you've got the coast covered, especially the Carolina coast.  But, there's Mary Kay Andrews who writes novels based in Savannah and Tybee Island.  I enjoyed them tremendously.  For mountain stuff, try Adriana Trigiani.  She wrote the really terrific Big Stone Gap trilogy, a definite must read if you liked the authors you mentioned.  Also, in the same vein are the books by Cassandra King, Pat Conroy's wife.  Terrific southern lit, at it's best.  Enjoy!


Subject: Jan Karon
Date Posted: 2/17/2008 2:19 PM ET
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How about Jan Karon's Father Tim books based in a mountain town in NC? The first one is "At Home In Mitford".
Date Posted: 3/18/2008 9:09 PM ET
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Some of Debbie Macombers books are set in the Washington State area.

You might look at her address series, it starts with 16 Lighthouse Road, then the next

one has a 2 in the address, the next one has a 3 in the address.

Hope this helps!



Subject: Kristin Hannah
Date Posted: 4/25/2008 5:14 PM ET
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All of Kristin Hannah's books are set in the Pacific Northwest.  Mostly are in  small seaside towns.  They are excellent books.  If you like Jodi Piccoult, Dorothea Benton Frank, or Susan Wiggs you'll like her books.

Date Posted: 6/3/2008 8:38 PM ET
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Ihave read the Cedar Cove Series by Debbie Macomber. I loved it and she has another one coming out in that series.  It has lots of friends and family and chaos and gossip a funny story and love story.  You should try them.

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Subject: Sharyn McCrumb!!!
Date Posted: 6/25/2008 10:22 AM ET
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Sharyn McCrumb writes books set in Appalachia.  They tend to be more mystery than romance, but they are beautifully written and once I start one I just can't put it down.  Give her a try - I bet you'll look for more.

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 9:51 PM ET
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Elin Hilderbrand's books are all based on Nantucket.

Pat Conroy writes about the outer banks of the Carolinas-  Prince of Tides, Beach Music, etc.

For the mountains,  Sue Henry has a series of books about a woman dog sledder.  She always seems to find herself in the middle of some kind of crimes but there are wonderful depictions of the Alaskan wilderness.

Subject: Coast line books
Date Posted: 11/7/2008 8:51 AM ET
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Phillip A. Craig writes about the area in the Northeast. Cape Cod, Martha's Vinyard. I have read about 15 of his books and enjoyed every one of them. There are still 4 or 5 of his that I am hunting. Every time I go into a used book store he is one of the first authors I look for. I am sure you would enjoy these. they are sort of a light mystery. 

Date Posted: 11/15/2008 11:51 PM ET
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The Shipping News is placed in Canada in Nova Scotia (sp?).  The sea plays a big part in the story.  I listed this book, and then quickly reread it.  I had forgotten how good it is. 

Also, Animal Dreams by B. Kingsolver is about the southern Rockies and the little towns that are found settled by the Spanish decendants.  I consider it a romance novel.

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Subject: Mountain Theme books
Date Posted: 12/26/2008 8:58 PM ET
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Try Robyn Carr's Virgin River and Grace Valley Series....those are kind of like Susan Wiggs' Lakeshore Chronicles Series.


Date Posted: 1/5/2009 8:59 AM ET
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Beth Gutcheon uses coastal Maine for a few of her books - Leeway Cottage was a very moving book (I can't wait to read the sequel "Goodbye and Amen") in which a summer colony on the coast of Maine played a huge part.  I am about to start "More than you Know" which takes place in the same coastal Maine town. 

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 4:36 PM ET
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One that definitely pops into my head is 'Coastliners' by Joanne Harris (author of Chocolat).  This is a love story set on an island off of the coast of France.  I really enjoyed it when I read it, and I just posted it to my bookself today.

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 5:37 PM ET
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Cold Mountain is the first book that came to mind. I love it, but others don't.

Also, A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson. I am currently reading this hilarious memoir of his adventures trekking though the Appalachian Trail.

ETA, yet again to add Nights in Rodanthe, by  Nicholas Sparks. I can't read Sparks, but I did see the movie. The setting for the story is coastal North Carolina. Sorry if I am repeating recommendations. I haven't read all the responses.

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Date Posted: 4/9/2009 12:24 PM ET
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Karen McInerney (sp?) has a cozy mystery bed and breakfast series that is set in coastal Maine.  The Big Stone Gap series, as mentioned above, is another good one.....set in the mountains of Virginia.  There is now a 4th installment to the series.

Date Posted: 4/15/2009 4:18 AM ET
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Nicolas Sparks- Dear John is set in Wilmington, NC. I have it posted on my shelf and think it's his best book of all.

Subject: Costal books
Date Posted: 4/16/2009 1:32 AM ET
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Try Randy Wayne White's Doc Ford series. Set on the Dinkins Bay Marina. Very good mysteries, too.