My March 2012 research trip for The Quilted Heart novellas returned me to a setting I first discovered in 1999–a charming riverside city that stirred my imagination and captured my heart.
Toured a historical farm that would inspire the farm setting in Dandelions on the Wind.
Bob and I with Bob Sandfort on the Sandfort Family Farm
Savored toasted ravioli (twice) at Little Hills Restaurant and Winery.
Explored the city and the surrounding areas with Carol Felzien, Director of Communication, Greater Saint Charles Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.
Mona and Carol Felzien touring a granery
Nibbled on the sweet treat that is Grandma’s Cookies on Main Street.
Grandma’s Cookies, one of many fun stops on Historic Main Street
Drove out to the Daniel Boone Home.
Daniel Boone’s Last Home
Watched a Fife & Drum Corps practicing at Frontier Park.
Spent lots of time with Dorris Keeven-Franke, the archivist for the St. Charles County Historical Society.
Enjoyed sweet sleep in a bed chamber at the historic Boone’s Lick Inn.
Mona at Boone’s Lick Inn
Strolled beside the Missouri River, which plays a key role in Bending Toward the Sun and Ripples Along the Shore.
Met Vicki Erwin, the owner of Main Street Books, and we started plotting a book launch celebration!
More details later, but please plan now to join me in the spring of 2014 for some historical, bookish fun in St. Charles, Missouri! I’ll be part of several events during the Lewis & Clark Heritage Days, May 18-19, 2014.
In the meantime, I hope you’ll wet your appetite for your visit to St. Charles by reading Dandelions on the Wind, Bending Toward the Sun, and Ripples Along the Shore–my Quilted Heart eBook Novellas, set along the Missouri River in 1865-1866, post Civil War.
Dandelions on the Wind
Bending Toward the Sun
Ripples Along the Shore
Have you ever visited the setting from a favorite book?
© 2013 Mona Hodgson, Author and Speaker