Thank you for your glorious recollections of romantic places.
What a delight it was to read them all, to imagine worlds other than my own.
There were hardly two that were the same.
Beaches in Argentina and castles in Italy.
Paris and Prague.
London. St. Petersburg.
Achill Island and Amelia Island.
Minnesota, Michigan, Mexico, Merano’s Gardens.
Italy, Italy, Italy, Italy. Venice and Florence and Verona and Rome.
Cabins and mountains, balconies, Lebanon, Jordan, Portugal, Thailand.
Did I mention Rome?
Oh, and Chicago, and Hoboken New Jersey, and even a golf course in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I smiled in puzzlement, and then read that the girl and her lover were skiing on the golf course and said, ah, okay.
It was all beautiful. It made me see your vivid hearts all over this great earth. I wish I could send a book to each and every one of you.
My most romantic place is a piano suite at the top of the Carlyle Hotel in New York City, where the windows are floor to ceiling and the entire of Manhattan Island glitters beyond, where I play the piano while hubby sleeps and every once in a while wakes up and says, that was really good, Plink. Where we sit and have afternoon tea, and drink anniversary champagne, and revel in the thirty-two years we’ve been the mates of each other’s souls.
Here are the ten winners of a signed copy of Bellagrand, and one for Tatiana’s Table.
Jennifer Mengel who saw the Northern Lights in Iceland.
Tina Cruz who had a life that novels are made of and dreamed of Cozumel, Mexico.
Julie Lowe whose husband took her to Tasmania for their 10th wedding anniversary so they could spend two days alone without five children.
Amedeo Soliman, biking through Potsdam.
Tina Gaser, skiing through golf courses in Deer Hunter country.
Claudia Araujo, who quoted Lord Byron in verse about Sintra, Portugal.
Amanda Odendahl who danced in her backyard under the moonlight.
Rachel Flynn who made Kylemore Abbey in Ireland come alive.
Rosa Bianca who traveled to the magical Valley of Aosta and returned with two children.
Carah Walker who waxed poetic about Glendhu Bay in New Zealand.
And one signed copy of Tatiana’s Table to:
Kristen DeSiena, who healed on Amelia Island in Florida.
God bless you all, thank you, be well, winners please email me your address so I can get the books to you before Christmas, and the rest, keep reading, keeping coming back, keep writing, take some joy, give some joy. You’ve all given me more joy than I ever hoped for.