Sometimes when you read, the setting of a book is so truly styled and inviting that you can’t help feeling you’d like to explore the place for yourself, hang out for a while with a beloved character, or like Alice stepping into the Looking-glass room, discover a reality beyond any you’ve yet imagined. Here are three of the places that I would like to step into given the chance. What about you?
Howard’s End, the house in E.M. Forster’s book of the same name.”It isn’t going to be what we expected. It is old and little, and altogether delightful…nine windows as you look up from the front garden. Then there’s a very big wych-elm–to the left as you look up–leaning a little over the house, and standing on the boundary between the garden and the meadow…”
Arundel Hall from The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall. “Arundel cottage was not only yellow, it was the creamiest, butteriest yellow the Penderwicks had ever seen. It was all a cottage is supposed to be, small and snug, with a front porch, pink climbing roses, and lots of trees for shade…If possible the inside of the cottage was even more charming than the outside, all in pretty shades of blues and greens and with the comfortable kind of furniture too sturdy to damage unless you try…”
The Prince Edward Island of Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. “The ‘Avenue,’ so called by the Newbridge people, was a stretch of road four or five hundred yards long, completely arched over with huge, wide-spreading apple-trees, planted years ago by an eccentric old farmer. Over head was one long canopy of snowy fragrant bloom. Below the boughs the air was full of a purple twilight and far ahead a glimpse of painted sunset sky shone like a great rose window at the end of a cathedral.”