A Final Adventure in Fictional Kiptohanock from Hometown Reunion

As I imagine Jax and Darcy’s childhood homes in Kiptohanock

The farmhouse—Jax & Brody’s new home

Kiptohanock Square

The fire station

The church

The harbor

The Duer Inn

Coast Guard Courtship

Coast Guard Sweetheart

 

 

 

Falling for the Single Dad

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Deputy’s Perfect Match

Kiptohanock Library

The Bachelor’s Unexpected Family

 

 

The Christmas Baby

Christmas in Kiptohanock

The diner

Farewell Lovely Kiptohanock

Wishing you all fair winds and following seas.

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Summer Fun—Freezer Pops

Did your mom make these when you were a child?

I still have the 1960s plastic stick molds that my mother used. I brought freezer pops for my own children for wonderful, lazy summer days at the neighborhood pool.

What was your favorite flavor?

 

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A Small Town Fourth of July—Inspiration for Hometown Reunion

The freedom we enjoy as Americans is a great blessing. But freedom isn’t free—our freedom cost someone something.

Some of the best Fourths are small town celebrations—my inspiration for the Kiptohanock Fourth of July.

What do you do for the Fourth? What are some of your favorite memories of the Fourth?

Hot dogs, anyone?

Smallest Patriots on Parade

Family Picnics

Fourth of July Concerts (Actual Onanock, VA Fourth)

The William Tell Overture

Music on the Square

 

A Red, White and Blue Flag-Waving Good Time

The Kiptohanock Gazebo on the Green

Watermelon

The Finale

 

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The Magic of Summer Fireflies—Inspiration from Hometown Reunion

One of the joys of childhood

Did you ever catch fireflies—or lightning bugs as they’re called in the South—as a child?

Or perhaps on sultry summer nights at twilight, you still chase fireflies with your own children and grandchildren.

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Behind the Scenes Inspiration from Hometown Reunion

One of my favorite Eastern Shore places—the Island Creamery on Chincoteague Island, Virginia—

 

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Daytime Dreaming in a Treehouse

As a child, I had a favorite dogwood tree that I climbed. I spent many a summer day in its highest branches looking out over my yard to the forest and into the sky dreaming dreams of my future.

This spot high above the rest of the world was my special place well into my teens. I climbed the tree just before I got in the car and drove away to college for the first time.

I climbed the tree one final time—the day before I got married.

Did you have a special childhood spot? A secret place that was all your own?

Here are a few treehouses that inspired Darcy’s treehouse in Hometown Reunion

 

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Kayaking Inspiration for Hometown Reunion

In researching Hometown Reunion, it was a lot of fun learning about kayaking. To celebrate finishing the novel, my family and I actually took a kayaking adventure in the beautiful tidal marshlands on the Eastern Shore.

Have you ever kayaked? Where were you?

This is the Onanock, VA harbor

 

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For the Love of Swings—Inspiration for Hometown Reunion

As a child, I loved to swing. Higher and higher. Faster and faster. The closest thing I could get to flying. Soaring into the wild, blue yonder.

What did you like to do as a child?

Here is the tree swing inspiration for Hometown Reunion

In the future, I can picture Darcy reading to Brody in the swing.

Love this idea

I imagine Darcy sitting in her childhood swing one last time on the day of her wedding.

      

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