Currently, books that have characters living in small towns are very popular. I’m attracted to stories that take place at the beach, in the country-side and in out-of-the-way places. One day I had to ask myself why do those settings appeal to me?
Upon reflection, there is a degree of serenity and security that small towns seem to possess. In some novels, folks leave their doors unlocked. Some families have lived in the same village for generations. And sometimes, these settings are perfect locations for men and women wanting to start over, wanting to transform themselves, wanting to escape their shadowy pasts.
A common thread is a central meeting place, where the locals can gather for business or conversation. Often this is a coffee shop, bar, diner/restaurant, or other place of business. Intriguing secondary characters can emerge in these locations.
When characters are living in a high-rise condo, the opportunities to mingle are fewer. The lobby? The elevator? The hallway?
In small towns the characters have interwoven back stories. People know a lot about each other. Or so they think. The reader is intrigued because they want to understand these connections.
What is your opinion? Are you reading a series that is focused on the same small town or setting? Does the small town atmosphere appeal to you?