We got back late on October 11 from a 7 day trip to Maine followed by 3 days in New Hampshire. Our last trip was in 2018. We’ve been fortunate to make almost twenty trips to New England starting with my first year as an elementary school principal. I lived in Massachusetts when I was in 6th grade, and the place just got into my blood. The history, the seasons, especially fall. (I’d moved from El Paso, Texas, so that made the year in New England more memorable for me. So entirely different.)
On my personal blog yesterday, I shared pics or our trip. Here’s the link for that. New England Reprise & COMPROMISE | Marsha R. West, Author (wordpress.com)
But I have a ton of pics. So here are some mostly different ones.
The first pic above is from Mount Battie looking down on Camden Harbor. 2 is the menu from the pizza place with the BEST pizza I’ve eaten in forever. (One of my goals on this trip was to eat pizza, lobster roll, and ice cream. I got to do all three.) 🙂 Pic 3 is of living room of our rental. We were able to walk everywhere. Perfection. Here’s the VRBO link: https://www.vrbo.com/1136429?noDates=true&unitId=1684638 Pic 4 is of the market we freqented right in downtown. We bought a couple of meals there and a couple of bottles of wine. All yummy.
After the week in Camden we drove to Jackson, New Hampshire to stay at the Christmas Farm Inn and Spa. A great place. Here’s the link. https://christmasfarminn.com/ The first pic is of the pizza and salad we ate the first night in front of our fireplace in our two room suite. All on one floor and no stairs to get in. Very important. This lovely place is on a hill and some of the accommodations included stairs. Pic 2: The town of Jackson does a special deal during the fall, The Pumpkin People. Everyone decorates their front lawns or porches with characters made using pumpkins. The Snoopy above has a perfectly shaped gord for his head. It was all very clever. Pic 3: A river ran through the town with stones and babbly water and of course colorful trees. Just gorgeous. Pic 4 A deli in town I stumbled over when I went out to get my steps. It was darling. I enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate and a piece of cranberry nut loaf. I was in heaven. Pic 5. Also on my walk, I passed this perfect Christmas tree just growing along the side of the road. It’s so perfect, it almost looks fake.
We feel very blessed to have taken this wonderful vacation and grateful to visit with friends along the way. Don’t know when we’ll return. We really missed Charley.
My next book COMPROMISE is on pre-order sale for $1.99 now through November 3 on all venues except Amazon. Release day is Nov. 4 when you can get the book on Amazon and the other venues for $4.99. I’ll run another sale in December that will include Amazon.
Compromise is set in New Hampshire. I now have three books set in New England. Here’s the blurb: Widowed, shop keeper, and transplanted Texan Jessica Allen fights to protect the green in Tidbury, New Hampshire with its colorful falls, picturesque Christmases, and sometimes brutal winters. She’s angry to learn developers will use Worley Construction, a company she holds responsible for her husband’s death. When a board of selectmen member is murdered, family and friends encourage Jessica to run for the seat. Will threats force her to compromise her principles?
Developer Jeff Hudson wants to build a retirement center on the Tidbury Green. Despite Jessica’s opposition, he believes he can convince her of the need for the center and that its place on the green will leave plenty of room for all of the town’s activities. But has he partnered with an unsafe builder? How much money will he lose if he breaks the contract to please Jessica? Will more people have to die to save the green?
New England inspires me. I hope it does you. Have you traveled to New England? Do you live there or grow up there. Love to hear from you.