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Destination Novels To Transport You Far From Home

I don’t know about you, but I don’t get to travel to all the places I dream of seeing. I often find myself picking up books that take me to the far away places that I hope to visit someday. Destination novels are a way to take a trip without leaving home.

Below you’ll find some suggestions for destination novels that will offer you a new city or an introduction to a culture that is different than your own.

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Destination Novels

Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruins, A novel by Jess Walter

The cover of Walter’s novel alone takes you to a dreamy destination. A place you can escape to. And the story itself is a favorite read. Set on the coast of Italy, the details of this dreamy far-away locale is something I devoured as I processed each page. Detailed characters and relationships make Beautiful Ruins a must-read if you haven’t picked it up already.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Snow Flower and the Secret fan, a novel by Lisa See.

Lise See does an incredible job of transporting the reader to nineteenth century China in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. While not exactly a vacation inspiring adventure, the story of Lily and Snow Flower is a fascinating one. One where we find ourselves interested in learning more about their relationship and friendship, and observe so much about the human connection.

P.S. From Paris, Marc Levy

P.S. from Paris, a novel by Marc Levy

A brand new release that’s been stirring up discussions across the web, P.S. From Paris is Levy’s latest story that brings us on an adventure through Paris and allows us to follow Paul and Mia on their romantic journey. The city of lights set as the backdrop of a developing relationship is bound to be just what you need to transport yourself outside of the mundane day-to-day chores we all deal with.

A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow, a novel by Amor Towles

The glamour, glitz, stealth and intrigue portrayed here in this novel all make me imagine a that life in Moscow is a world outside my grasp. With a story primarily set in the walls of a famous Moscow hotel, where our main character sees what’s happening beyond his reach, leaves me wanting to know more. A Gentleman in Moscow has received rave reviews for many reasons. Let’s have a look at what those reasons are together, shall we?

Me Before You, Jojo Moyes

Me Before You, a novel by Jojo Moyes.

Me Before You has been one of my favorite novels since I first read it. The story is a powerful and moving one, and the setting is just fabulous. Louisa Clark meets Will Traynor and he’s a bit of an arse, in all honesty. But she does her job and supports him anyway. Their relationship is a moving one and Moyes takes us beyond where you’d expect characters to go with this book. It’s the kind of read you don’t want to see end. Set in a beautiful English town, the world that surrounds these two is one you want to submerge yourself in and will surely find yourself interested in visiting!

Do you have a favorite novel that takes you far from home? Care to share? Or just let me know what you’re reading now in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.

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Andrea Bates

Andrea is a native New Yorker living in NC who has become quite accustomed to wearing flip flops year-round. A licensed clinical social worker, she spends her free time volunteering for a number of organizations supporting women (more specifically, mothers) in need of a reminder that they are not alone. Andrea blogs at Good Girl Gone Redneck, where she writes from the heart, sharing the ins and outs of parenting, family and relationships. She also devours books and regularly features her honest reviews, ensuring that her readers are intrigued and ready for more.

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Suzanne Fluhr

Tuesday 12th of September 2017

I read Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden during a trip to Japan. I am usually a non-fiction reader, but this was engaging historical/cultural fiction. It was a good read I would highly recommend.

Ruth Harris

Tuesday 12th of September 2017

Love all five destinations! Love all books mentioned! I'm a NYTimes bestselling author and will modestly mention my own novel, A Kiss At Kihali. It's a thoughtful love story about a talented wildlife vet and an authority in animal communication set in an animal orphanage in Kenya. If you're in the mood for a safari without the hassles of air travel, you might want to check it out. Currently FREE at iBooks, Nook, GooglePlay and Kobo. (Also at Kindle when they get around to price match!) :-)


Tuesday 12th of September 2017

I just finished P.S. from Paris last night! After having visited Paris (and Montmarte) over the summer for the first time, it was such a nice reminder of the wonderful time we had on our trip!

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