The Way Back to Erin may be the third book in my Findlay Roads Story series, but it was actually the first story I envisioned for the series.
I had a very clear vision of the opening scene: a groom, left standing in the rain, after his fiancée failed to appear, and a single mother taking pity on him and offering him a temporary place to stay at her bed and breakfast. That story eventually became Erin’s, a character who has been present in both of the previous Findlay Roads titles, Harper’s Wish and A Song for Rory.
When I first created the town of Findlay Roads, I researched and visited several towns in the Chesapeake Bay region. One of my favorites was Havre de Grace, Maryland, where I spent the weekend at a B&B (similar to the Moontide Inn featured in the book), strolled the waterfront promenade, and visited the Concord Point Lighthouse. Havre de Grace has a rich history that not only inspired my creation of the town, but the lighthouse – and its stories – shaped the theme of The Way Back to Erin: finding your way back home.
I recently wrote about the history of Concord Point Lighthouse and Havre de Grace on the Harlequin Heartwarming blog. The lighthouse in Findlay Roads plays a small but critical part in The Way Back to Erin: it is a safehaven, a symbol, the light at the heart of the story, leading Burke and Erin back to each other and to the home they’ve both longed for.
Click here to read more about the place that inspired my Findlay Roads series and see just how it influenced the characters in The Way Back to Erin. And be sure to catch the full series beginning with Harper’s Wish and A Song for Rory.