Absolutely delighted to be guest hosting the lovely Elsa Winckler today as part of The Whisperer Blog Tour.
Loving him could destroy her…
High school teacher Cilla Stevens has always been different, especially in how she connects with animals. When she calms a stray dog during an incident at school, she’s asked to help a nearby farm with a difficult horse.
Cameron Rahl has had a very different relationship with animals since his mother died in a horse riding accident. But now he’s inherited his family’s farm, he’s determined to never let anyone affect him that way again.
Until he meets Cilla. He tries to stay away from the gorgeous horse whisperer with the potential to tame him, but something keeps pulling him close. And as much as Cilla tells herself she can keep it casual, she knows they’re too connected to be ‘just a fling.’
Will Cilla’s heart win out? Or will it take history repeating itself for Cameron to realise just how much he needs her?
Elsa is using my Blog today to share some stunning photos and background into the location for The Whisperer. Over to you, Elsa!!
Setting for The Whisperer
My husband and I are fortunate to live in South Africa in an area called The Overberg, the word literally means ‘over the mountain’. If you travel from Cape Town to Hermanus, you have to cross Sir Lowry’s Pass to get ‘over the mountain.’ On the other side you’ll find rolling hills, orchards, fynbos, sparkling yellow canolla fields and a rugged coastline with several sandy beaches, one of which is close to where we live in Betty’s Bay. The hills are also home to the largest population of South Africa’s natural bird, the blue crane.
My mother-in-law was born in Caledon, a small town in this region. When I had to decide about a setting for The Whisperer, my husband and I took a drive (I know, he’s wonderful, a real-life hero) to Caledon and I knew this is where Cilla, the heroine of the story, grew up and where she is teaching. Villiersdorp is a another small town in the region so it made sense to have Cameron’s farm in that area. It’s not too far away for Cilla to drive to during an afternoon.
Caledon is also close to Hermanus, nowadays a busy seaside village. Years ago it used to be a small fisher community but it is now a playground for the rich with a range of fine restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and more. It is also famous for whale watching, especially the Southern Right whale that visit Walker Bay between June and December each year.
When my husband and I were still dating, we visited his parents who lived in Hermanus at the time, regularly so I have very fond memories of the place. When I was looking for a place for Cilla and Cameron to meet away from his farm, one of the smaller beaches in Hermanus was the obvious choice. It also made sense that Cameron’s brother would have a restaurant in busy Hermanus rather than in Caledon, a much smaller town.
Another inspiration for the setting are the canolla fields. With its vibrant yellow flowers, a canola field is a beautiful sight – an endless sea of yellow. I simply had to incorporate that in the story as well.
I hope you enjoy reading about the beautiful part of the world I am fortunate enough to call home!
Thank you for stopping by my Blog today! I highly recommend picking up a copy of this stunning book! I loved the characters, and the setting!, and it was a real sassy, feel good read! If you’d like to read my review click on this link – GoodReads