Written by guest-blogger and local bibliophile, Mary Brelsford. Cover Photo Courtesy of Port Book and News.
Judging by the number of people who make the Twilight pilgrimage to Forks and the surrounding area, a LOT of people like romance and adventure stories! Here are three different types of romances that you might find right up your alley, beginning with the four-book Twilight series.
Let’s explore books about ROMANCE and ADVENTURE on the Olympic Peninsula.
Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn #1 – #4 by Stephenie Meyer. Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Vampires, Fiction. First Published 2006.
According to Goodreads, Twilight is, “Deeply seductive and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight is a love story with bite.” This fictional saga takes the reader on a journey where monsters and romance intertwine against a very authentic backdrop. The dense rain forest, the sandy ocean beaches of the Quileute tribal lands, and the small town feel of Forks, Washington were the inspiration for Meyer’s perfect setting. The series as a whole won the 2009 Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Book.
BREAKING NEWS! Author Stephenie Meyer just announced the planned release of a new book in the Twilight saga, “Midnight Sun“, to be available for purchase on August 4, 2020.
There is a yearly fall festival celebrating all things Twilight, the Forever Twilight in Forks Festival. Currently scheduled for September 10 through 13, 2020, you can get up-to-date information about the festival HERE.
Anna, Like Thunder by Peggy Herring. Historical Fiction, Cultural. First Published 2018.
This story is based on a true event that took place 1808. A Russian ship, the St. Nikolai, ran aground off the shores of the Olympic Peninsula. An 18-year-old girl, Anna, and the crew of the ship were captured and enslaved by Indigenous villages. Based on historical record, Anna, Like Thunder blends fact and fiction to explore the early days of contact between Indigenous people and Europeans off the west coast of North America and offers a fresh interpretation of history.
When you come to the Olympic Peninsula, you can visit the memorial to the shipwreck on Upper Hoh Road in the Hoh Rainforest.
Magic Hour, by Kristin Hannah. Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Romance, Contemporary. First Published 2007.
A child psychiatrist from California who is called home by her police chief sister, a handsome doctor with secrets of own, colorful town characters and a mysterious feral girl child who had been living in the wild woods of the Pacific Northwest. How’s that for inducement to read this book? Author of The Nightingale, The Great Alone and The Things We Do For Love, Hannah has once again demonstrated her engaging story telling abilities. Can you guess what famous town on the Olympic Peninsula this book is set? Hint: no real vampires!
An Authentic Olympic Peninsula Setting
These books all share a sense of place, each set in the deeply forested, misty and mysterious far west end of the Olympic Peninsula. Plan your own adventures to discover its moss-laden rain forests, rugged Pacific Ocean beaches, Native American culture and abundant wildlife. Order or download a free Olympic Peninsula Travel Planner to begin planning your visit.
Thanks again to Port Book and News in Port Angeles for reading suggestions. Port Book and News offers curbside pickup from 11am to 4pm; free home delivery for orders over $10 to locations between Black Diamond RD and Deer Park RD after 4pm; free ground shipping for orders over $30.