“Once, in my father’s bookshop, I heard a regular customer say that few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart. Those first images, the echo of words we think we have left behind, accompany us throughout our lives and sculpt a palace in our memory to which, sooner or later—no matter how many books we read, how many worlds we discover, or how much we learn or forget—we will return.”
— Carlos Ruiz Zafón (The Shadow of the Wind)
What book or books form your palace? Mine was formed of a mix of the romance of Pemberly, a touch of the spooky mystery of Thornfield Manor, the placement of Green Gables and the magic of Rivendell. It’s an odd mixture, but it works in my mind. And the stories that created it for me are stories that I continue to return to over and over again.