Welcome to Sugar, Georgia … And the Making of a Town
Part of the fun of being an author is creating something from scratch: the perfect guy, the perfect date, the perfect town. Which is what I did for my new Sugar, Georgia series. I created the kind of southern town that I wished I had grown up in, where the friendships are as old as the oak trees, the sidewalks are cobble stone and lamp lined, the magnolias are always in bloom—and love is around every corner.
Creating a town from scratch made researching my latest release, SUGAR’S TWICE AS SWEET, so much fun. After being dumped, abandoned, and left homeless, my heroine, Josephina Harrington, leaves the big apple behind for the small town of Sugar, Georgia with the dream of turning her great aunt’s dilapidated old boarding house into a boutique lifestyle retreat. In researching charming southern towns and elegant boutique hotels, I came across some of the most romantic spots in the South that inspired my town. So I thought I’d introduce Sugar by sharing with you my top 5.
- Savannah, Georgia with is Spanish moss, antebellum plantation homes, famous squares, and southern charm inspired a good portion of the backdrop for Sugar.
- The Inn at Little Washington was the biggest inspiration for the Fairchild House, a boarding house turned boutique inn, in SUAGR’S TWICE AS SWEET. The perfect balance of grandeur and whimsy, this boutique inn is the southern chic feel I pictured for Fairchild House. The beamed ceilings, detailed stenciling, and wrap around porch makes for a perfectly romantic and magical setting. Not to mention there is an award winning restaurant with Joie’s dream kitchen on the premises and a quaint shopping district right outside.
- When looking for a good old fashioned honky tonk, the Wild Beaver Saloon in Nashville is the place to be. The mechanical bull, neon beer lights, karaoke stage, and mile long bar top make it the perfect inspiration for Sugar’s own watering hole, The Saddle Rack.
- Franklin, Tennessee is about as quaint as a downtown can get. Filled with historical buildings, civil war memorabilia, boutiques, and cute diners, this downtown is so charming it was the inspiration for the shops on Maple Street. (And if you have never eaten at Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant, it is a must on the southern fare bucket list. Their BBQ Biscuit on a Cajun Corn Cake is pure heaven.)
- I wanted Joie’s time at the Fairchild House to feel whimsical and safe, as though she were receiving a warm homecoming even though her great aunt had passed. So I thought of the places that always seemed magical to me. The two strongest memories were cooking with my grandma in her kitchen and seeing the Peabody Hotel in Memphis.
I don’t have any photos of cooking with Grannie Ruth, but I remember the feeling of her tying her big apron around my waist and handing me a spatula while she taught me the secret to a flakey crust in her lemon yellow kitchen. Just like I remember seeing The Peabody Hotel with her on television and thinking it was the most magical place on earth.
The hotel, built in 1925, has an amazing history of guests, from Elvis to Marilyn Monroe, and including every residing US president since its opening. The elegant décor, strong traditions, and southern hospitality upholds its title as the “South’s Grand Hotel.” But to me, what makes it so magical, is the Peabody Ducks. Every morning and evening, the resident ducks of the hotel make their way down the brass elevator, waddle across the marble floors, down the red carpet, and into the grand fountain at the center of the ballroom. People part to the side, make way for the Peabody ducks, toasting them with their mint juleps. Only in the South can you have chandeliers and ducks and still claim five star accommodations.
The Fairchild house doesn’t have ducks, but it has a family of opossums and a little dog named boo, and for Joie enough magic to make her dreams come true. Because even a big city girl with a small town heart can discover that forever is always sweeter in Sugar.
“Marina Adair writes with heart and sizzling heat. SUGAR’S TWICE AS SWEET will charm you!”
–Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author
“A can’t miss read with small town sweetness, endearing characters and a unique quirky flair.”
–Carly Phillips, New York Times bestselling author on SUGAR’S TWICE AS SWEET
He’s trouble she doesn’t need . . .
Thanks to a cheating fiancé, Josephina Harrington’s perfect life just crashed and burned. Moving in with her overbearing parents is definitelynot an option. No, she needs to prove she can make it on her own. And she will-by turning her great-aunt’s old plantation house into a destination getaway. She’s just not expecting her contractor to be so hands-on-and so totally irresistible.
. . . but everything she wants
Bad-boy golf champion Brett McGraw figured his hometown of Sugar, Georgia was the perfect place to lay low and get his life back up to par. The leggy blonde with a pint-sized pup is the kind of sweet ‘n sassy trouble he never saw coming. She doesn’t know a nut from a bolt and before long, he’s renovating her house . . . as she steals his heart. Can he convince Josephina that his womanizing ways are in the past and he’s ready for forever?
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