by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett
Something I've wanted to do for decades is visit Nantucket at Christmas. I have a coffee table book about the island with a big section their Christmas Stroll. However, we looked at the hotel rates during that event and said, "Oops, out of our league."
Susan Branch, lives there.
Two years ago, another author group I'm part of (Storytellers-Unlimited) decided to write about a B&B on the island. We called the series Tales From Blythe Cove Manor. We chose a few common themes (the innkeeper, her cat, Martha, and sort of know what the place lookes like. So far, we've done three anthologies with another planned for the future. (The future is kinda dark and murky, so I'm not sure when that will be.)
There's also something subtly magical about Blythe Cove, so all the stories have a little something extra--it might just be an odd quirk, but it's there.
I've taken a different approach to my stories, which revolve around the proprietress, Blythe Calvert (yes, she was named after the whiskey!), whereas my co-writers prefer to concentrate on the guests. Don't get me wrong, without the guests, there'd be no stories, but Blythe possesses the wisdom of the ages, and gently dispenses it.
What are my stories about?
A Final Gift: Will anything heal the pain of a grieving daughter? When a trip meant to be a gift of a weekend trip together turns into a painful solo journey, can the magic of Blythe Cove Manor help heal Jenny Taylor's soul?
An Unexpected Visitor: All is quiet at Blythe Cove Manor as its proprietress, Blythe Calvert, anticipates a peaceful weekend with her cat, Martha. But then a taxi pulls up and drops off a troubled, runaway teen looking for a safe haven. Can the magic of Blythe Cove Manor heal this young girl’s aching heart?
For more information on my series, click this link.
P.S. I. I've still never been there, but that's the beauty of Google and, of course, a good imagination.
Wouldn't you like to take a vacation (vicariously or otherwise) on Mattha's Vineyard?