Posted by Samantha Grace
When I started writing Lady Vivian Defies a Duke, I knew I wanted an adventurous hero, and Luke Forest, Duke of Foxhaven, met my requirements nicely. I’ve always had a case of wanderlust too, but not as much opportunity to indulge in world travel. I did, however, take a trip after I graduated college that changed my outlook on life. I had the chance to visit Zambia, Africa for 9 weeks. (My mom lived there for three years with her husband who was working for a British company keeping their equipment running.)
It was such a different lifestyle. Everything was slower and you had to find enjoyment in the little things like going to the open market for veggies and playing games together. And there weren’t as many choices for anything – soda, chocolate, etc. You know, the important things. LOL. I learned to appreciate what was available.
We dined with friends, had tea in the afternoons, and read. A LOT. We talked about life and dreams. We also played a few rounds of golf and didn’t do too bad considering the hole was marked with a tall stick that blended in with the tall brown grass.
We also made a trip to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and went on a safari, but just to shoot pictures. We came across a large truck with men piled in the back all holding rifles. The guide told us the men were looking for poachers and would shoot them on sight. That was a surreal moment, as was the elephant that flapped his ears and threatened to charge our vehicle.
There are so many memories from the trip, but the thing that stayed with me was a desire for a simplified life and appreciation for everything I have. Like the Duke of Foxhaven, I’d love to see more of the world, but I know I don’t have to go anywhere to find happiness. It’s already inside of me. This is something Luke must discover as well. He doesn’t have to chase after his destiny. And thanks to Vivian, he may find what he’s been searching for most of his life has been in front of him all along.
|Not the best photos from Zimbabwe, but it gives you an idea|
Unfortunately, I can’t offer an exotic trip to two lucky commenters today, but I can offer a different kind of escape. Two readers will win a copy of Lady Vivian Defies a Duke. Just answer this question and include your email address so we can contact the winners. (US and Canada only.) Is there an exotic place you’ve always dreamed of visiting, or are you content to stay at home?