First of all, there are going to be more of these category of post I’ve decided. Mama Bookworm and I have come to an agreement that we are going to make it a point to find the hidden bookshops and libraries of the world during our travels. We have another trip planned for November… I wonder what we’ll find there…
For now, BOONSBORO! Wow! If you follow my book reviews you’ll know I made sure to read the Inn BoonsBoro trilogy prior to my trip and what a difference it made. I made sure to visit each place from the books; Inn BoonsBoro, Gifts Inn BoonsBoro, Vesta Pizza, Turn the Page Bookstore, and even Dan’s Restaurant and TapHouse (MacT’s in the book). Each of these places were imbued with their own spark of life and had character of their own. Of course I visited a few non-book places; Josie's on Main, Cronise Market Place, and Olde Homestead next door.
I can’t raise my hand and say I have read every book NR has written (guilty, only six) or that her writing will live on forever in a Shakespearean manner, but I can tell you she’s a woman to admire. She’s published hundreds of books, is the number 1 NYT bestseller and if that’s not enough, she supports her roots in BoonsBoro by giving back to the community. Nora Roberts is an inspiration. Her success, her drive, and her commitment to her craft have landed her a spot in nearly every bookstore.
While Mama Bookworm and I spent only a few hours in BoonsBoro, we walked away with books, goodies, and an adventure to tell. I’m not sure what my life goals are yet when it comes to writing. “Published” is a good first step, but no matter what dream I choose to chase, I’m glad there are people like Nora and her family to inspire me.