We had originally intended to just blog about our favorite fictional worlds this Saturday.  The ones we love to escape to but after the horrible tornados that have struck in Oklahoma we were all reminded of the power of books to help ease our pain in the midst of a tragedy and of course to give us a few hours escape from the real world.  Please share your favorite fictional world or worlds below.  We will be donating $1 for every comment made up to $150 to the American Red Cross from the Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills.
BBC Scarlet Pimpernel
Katherine Garbera:

I love the Hunger Games but live there? No thanks. I’d love to live in the world of the Scarlet Pimpernel. I’d be in his league and rescue French Aristos.


DowntonAbbey1-480x384Mia Marlowe:

Oh, plop me down in the middle of Downton Abbey! But of course, I’d need to be a well-titled, well-moneyed cousin of the Granthams or something. The folk below stairs work far too hard!


2003_pirates_of_the_caribbean_wallpaper_001Shana Galen:

Since the worlds of Downton Abbey and the Scarlet Pimpernel have been taken, I’d love to live in the Pirates of the Caribbean world. Swashbuckling pirates, sword fights, adventure on the high seas–yes, please, matey!


lastoriginal-preview-mainNancy Robards Thompson:

I have a small family and I think it would be fun to celebrate the holidays with a huge brood. So, the fictional world I’d love to live in is one of Dorothea Benton Frank’s southern women’s fiction novels. Her stories are always so warm and family-centered, with all kinds of big, boisterous characters… lots of brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins and quirky neighbors who are part of the extended family.


book_feb2013Cindy Kirk:

I’d love to live in the world I created in my RX for Love (Jackson Hole) series. I’d love to have breakfast every Sunday after church with a group of friends. I’d enjoy the monthly book club meetings where it’s as much about what’s going on in each of our lives and the community as it is about the book selection. Not to mention enjoying the fabulous food everyone brings. I’d enjoy dances at the Spring Gulch Country Club, hikes at Yellowstone and all the activities that Jackson Hole has to offer.

MV5BMzE1NTg0ODQ1MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTY4OTY2OA@@._V1_SY317_CR51,0,214,317_Margo Maguire:

I feel as though I could fit in at Nonnatus House on Call the Midwife. I was a critical care nurse for many years, and I think I could pick up midwifery pretty quickly. Plus, I love the 50s music they use in the series.



Robyn DeHart:



I’ll take JD Robb’s world but only if could kick butt like Eve and come home to Roarke. I love the gritty futuristic world where so many improvements have been made, but still there are crimes to be solved with wit and skill. And again you know I’d get to come home to Roarke – I really don’t think I need to say any more.




Terri Brisbin:

I tend to sink back into historical romances when I’m seeking relief from stress or trying to escape the woes of real life.  This week, when restless and sad from the news, I sought and found refuge in one of my favorite authors’ newest books – The Conquest of Lady Cassandra by Madeline Hunter. Madeline just pulls me in with her authenticity and style and, for a short while, I was living in Georgian/Regency England again.


How about you? What do you watch or read when you need some escape time?

109 thoughts on “Through the Looking Glass

  1. Mo Boylan says:

    Right now I am going through a hard time with my busband in rehab. So by the time I get home and relax, I am too tired to read. Lately I’ve been putting on The Discovery Channel and watching Deadliest Catch or a new show, Alaska, the Last Frontier. My usual stress-releaser would be found in escaping into the worlds of historical romances by Terri Brisbin or Madeline Hunter or watching romantic comedies.

  2. Laura S. says:

    For a real-life world, I’d go to Georgette Heyer, where peoples’ problems are what to wear, and what party to go to, and how to catch the gorgeous duke. For a fantasy world, I’d go to Discworld and join up with the Ankh-Morpork police. 😀

  3. Kathy Rando Giannone says:

    I would love to live in the world of Robyn Carr’s Virgin River Series. Everyone there is so friendly & helpful.

  4. Tin says:

    I love the world in Jane Austen’s novels. I love the wide range of characters and quirks that abound in her stories. ^_^

  5. Lexi says:

    Nice pick Shana, love me some pirates! *especially if they are named Sebastian*

    HR, when times get tough I want sweet love that I know will work out in the end. Historical Romance will give that to me in the form of an interesting trek to get to that HEA.

  6. Escaping into a book is one of the main reasons why I read at all. I love to read historical romances so that I can be taken to a different time and place. And it doesn’t get any more Alpha than a hero with a sword.

    Great post ladies!! And I think it’s fabulous what you’re doing for the tornado victims. I hope I’m not too late….I was out of town and just got back and saw this.

  7. Diana Cosby says:

    If I need an escape, a romance novel is my choice. I tend to read in the historical era, but I always love a good romantic suspense regardless the era. 🙂

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