The Town Behind Clearwater, Virginia:
The setting of my new novel Summer at Oyster Bay
My latest novel is set in a fictional town called Clearwater, Virginia. Clearwater is loosely based on bits and pieces of real locations on the Northern Neck peninsula of Virginia.
If you’ve read another one of my novels, Love Me for Me, you’ve been introduced to towns and places along this peninsula. You might even run into some familiar people in Summer at Oyster Bay!
Here are some of the real places that inspired the novel:
Summer at Oyster Bay, Available for Pre-order; Release date: June 9, 2016
They say falling in love is easy. But what if you know it’ll break your heart?
For Emily Tate, returning to her charming childhood home Oyster Bay is like coming up for air after the fast pace of her city life. At the farm her grandfather built, surrounded by sister Rachel’s chatter, Gram’s buttermilk biscuits and the soft, white sand, Emily is reminded of exactly who she is and what she holds most dear.
When Emily starts work at elegant Water’s Edge Inn, Charles Peterson, the handsome new owner, asks for her help. He wants to expand and needs Emily to teach him the local ways, so he can convince the planning commission. Emily vows to make him fall in love with her hometown, just the way it is.
At work, Charles is reserved and serious, yet once Emily has him kicking off his shoes in the sand and sailing across the glistening Chesapeake Bay, she sees another side to him, and their easy rapport feels like the start of something big.
But when it becomes clear Charles’s plans for the inn involve bulldozing Oyster Bay, Emily is heartbroken. Will she lose her home and Charles all at once, or can she save Oyster Bay, and give true love a chance?
Summer at Oyster Bay is the perfect, feel-good summer romance, about the importance of home and family, learning what love is, and living in the here and now.
About the Author:
When she graduated college, one of her friends said, “Look out for this one; she’s going to be an author one day.” Despite being an avid reader and a natural storyteller, it wasn’t until that very moment that the idea of writing novels occurred to her.
Sometimes our friends can see the things that we can’t.
While she didn’t start straight away, that comment sowed a seed and several years, two children, and hundreds of thousands of words later, she completed a novel that she felt was worthy of publication. The result was Coming Home for Christmas, a heart-warming story about friends, family, and the magic of love at Christmas.
The rest is history.
When she’s not writing, she’s a mother of two boys and a wife to a very supportive husband.
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