I Travel the World Through Books; I Enter Into the Wildly Unimagined!

What better way to see the world than by becoming a traveler through books. In reading, I have journeyed the world over and experienced unimaginable wonders: I’ve seen and heard; I’ve smelled and tasted; and I can go and stay for as long as my heart fancies. I have seen the unthinkable, tasted the unimaginable, and heard the rare and exquisite. When I read I can warp through time and become whomever and whatever I want. Reading is my passport to endless destinations; it is a delightful ride on a magic carpet!

As I enter each book and turn my first page, I begin a magical adventure; a tour into a world like no other. Once I cross the book’s threshold, I can be...I can do...I can see...I can hear and taste.

In Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke, I am the conjurer of words; through the power of writing and speaking I can whisk me away to the time of Scheherazade, of Arabian Nights, if I so wish, and listen on as she tells one gripping tale after another all for the evil sultan to hear. Staying her execution for yet one more night and then another.

In Under the Tuscan Sun, by Frances Mayes, I am the proud owner of a 200-year-old farmhouse living in Italy, enjoying the company of neighbors and the sampling of foods and wine.

In The Olive Farm, by Carol Drinkwater, while vacationing in France I find a many-years abandoned old house surrounded by a grove of primo olive trees that with some tender love and care will one-day produce exceptional olive oil.

In Mediterranean Summer, by David Shalleck, I am hired as head chef of a private yacht. I travel the high seas as I undertake a European culinary adventure in Provence and throughout Italy in a most demanding and challenging position.

And in Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey (The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle) by Lady Fiona Carnarvon, I am the Countess of Carnarvon, I am the lovely daughter of a very wealthy industrialist and known philanthropist who marries the Earl of Carnarvon. My dowry helps in preserving the ancestral home of the Carnarvon’s, Highclere Castle. But I am also charitable with my money, and I am known to be caring for others, especially for the wounded soldiers during the time of World War I.

Of course I must mention the inspiring and memorable life and cooking adventures of Julia Child, or the many old worlds of romance in Victoria Holt’s novels, or becoming the vampire Lestat, by Anne Rice, or just a plain and ordinary person turned bounty hunter in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series.

Come, hop on board with me, and dare to travel the many worlds of books; of fantasy; of intrigue; and of delicious excitement through reading.

We dream a life to be; we live to dream that life! (vka)

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