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HOSTAGE TO LOVE – DESTINATION –“ALTHEA” - GREECE
I first became aware of the sheer sexiness and opulence of Greece when I read a magazine article about Jackie O (and yes, I’m probably dating myself a little bit here, lol). But as an impressionable teenager, reading about the extravagant lifestyles of Greek shipping magnates made the budding writer in me yearn to set a story there.
I mean, you have the stunning ruins of the Acropolis, ancient Greek mythology and the world’s collection of privately owned islands in one relatively small country. What’s not to love about that?
Having been lucky enough to visit Greece, it felt almost natural for me to partly set Nick and Belle’s story on the fictitious private island of Althea. Althea – for those who haven’t read the book yet – means “to heal”.
After Belle’s ordeal at the hands of her kidnapper, it felt right for her to be brought back to a place known for its healing powers. It was also a place where I felt would be ideal for them to “heal” their broken marriage.
I put a spectacular waterfall and health-improving springs at the farthest end of the island, and this where Nick and Belle have one of their most intense heart-to-hearts and begin to find their way back to each other.
Greece is a special place and I was thrilled to let readers experience the beauty of it through Belle’s eyes. Here’s a small descriptive narrative from the book:
Althea was a five-kilometer-long, lush green paradise dropped into the middle of the Aegean Sea, with nothing for miles but the jeweled brilliance of the warm turquoise-colored water. Located due east of the Cycladic group of islands, it enjoyed almost year-round sunshine.
The four weeks she’d spent here after their wedding had been the happiest of her life, and she bit her lip in sharp remembrance as the Byzantine-themed villa came into full view.
Whitewashed and red-roofed, the two-story building sat resplendent on a small hill in the late afternoon sun. Bordered on either side by cypress and eucalyptus trees, the villa enjoyed a constant soft breeze, which lessened the sometimes harsh impact of the Greek sun. The view from the front was spectacular, offering up panoramic scenes of landscaped gardens in the foreground and a private cove and white sands of the beach beyond. She knew the vista from the sea view deck at the back of the home was equally breathtaking, having spent many a morning breakfasting there during their honeymoon.
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