A Small Town Love Story

A Small Town Love Story

Colonial Beach, Virginia

Book - 2017
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A narrative tribute to the seaside Virginia region of the author's summers, a town that inspired the settings of many of her best-selling novels, shares the stories of the vibrant real characters who helped shape the community. Original. 60,000 first printing.

Part memoir, part oral history, #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods gives us a rare and intimate look at Colonial Beach, Virginia.

Rich in narrative history and local color, A Small Town Love Story: Colonial Beach, Virginia is an homage to the town of Sherryl Woods’s summers, a place that stole her heart long ago and provided the basis for the many fictional small towns in her bestselling novels.

True to Woods’s signature style of focusing on characters who are at the center of their communities, here she has woven together the stories of the very real people who helped shape this seaside Virginia town. She takes us back to the days of her own family gatherings, artfully capturing the unique essence of Colonial Beach and making us yearn for small-town life.

Woods’s own memories frame the true stories she features—from the unique history of Colonial Beach itself to some firsthand accounts of the Oyster Wars that once consumed the community, to the stories of neighborhood merchants who made it a point to know just about every customer by name. From farmers to restauranteurs and hoteliers, from pastors to librarians and military folk, Woods’s research and interviews give life to the personalities of a very special place.

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The author profiles the town where she spent her summers, a place that inspired the setting for many of her novels, sharing the stories of people who shaped the community.

Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Mirabooks, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780778360988
Branch Call Number: 975.524 W867s
Characteristics: xxv, 197 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 21 x 26 cm
Alternative Title: Colonial Beach, Virginia


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Jan 16, 2018

I really loved reading the stories of the people of Colonial Beach, Virginia. I live in Virginia and have never been to Colonial Beach so this book enticed me to want to visit. I loved reading Ms. Woods' story about growing up going during the summer and how people accept you after many visits. The book reminded me of growing up and spending the summer with the my grandparents. I worked in their dry cleaning business and got to know the customers. After a few summers, they remembered me and welcomed me each summer. Getting to know the people of Colonial Beach and the town itself was fun. I loved Ms. Woods' intro were she talked about riding a bike off the porch because it reminded me of when my sisters and I did the same thing along with sitting on the front porch every evening. Thank you for bringing back so many of my summer memories by telling yours Ms. Woods. Now to write those stories down for my children to read.


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