This summer seems like a well-deserved vacation. After a year of shut-ins and no freedom to travel, many are enjoying vacations and weekend getaways.
We all have our “idea” of the perfect getaway. For some, it’s the mountains or beaches. Others like city life with theaters, museums and shopping. Vacations in the country strike many as the only way to unwind.
I'm fortunate to live in the middle of North Carolina where the beach or mountains is only three hours away. I enjoy the beach with its salty air, crashing waves, and the call of the seagulls.
The mountains also hit the top of my list. No matter what time of the year, the rolling hills call. The way the mountains flaunt beautiful bunches of trees in various greens remind me there is a bigger purpose than what I see.
Above are a few wonderful reminders that when all the negativity and bickering is silenced, we live in a beautiful world.
The longing to be in a quiet place has always been my birthmark. Back in 2011 with my debut novel, it was apparent that small towns, which offered a simpler way to enjoy God’s beautiful world called to me. My character (Samantha) escaped the big city to a little fishing town. Though she didn’t know God had a hand in it the path was what she needed.
Asheville Hearts was inspired by Asheville NC and the heritage in that region. Asheville isn’t a small town but many quaint places surround the area.
Is there a special place you enjoy visiting in the summertime?