Top 5 is a weekly bookish assessment by Gingerreadslainey and today’s feedback is 5 fictional cities. You can also access the topics on the Goodreads Group. Since I am not a big Fantasy reader, many of the cities that I love/like are real or based on an existing place thus I had to rack my poor brains to figure out some made up village/estate that I fancied. Sorry no world building here.
1 . Manderley in Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
It is not a city but the estate covers much of the story and it is beautiful and haunting. The house showcases the wealth of de Winter and also his affluent heritage. It is the sort of grand house which usually carries secrets of a past life. The grounds captured my eyes with its extensive boundary graced with a cultured ground on one end and yet a natural and wild botanical garden, on the other. It smells amazing and it feels captivating. To top it off, the trail leads to a cozy beach which holds even more secrets.
2. The Village of Scot in Ingrid by Lynette Kraft
I fell in love with the life of the village because of what the people stood for and the efforts to accept change but fight to keep these principles. It may be utopian but I wish I lived in a place where the people inspite of their differences came together to save their community. It is admirable how they quickly brush aside the awful nature of one man to save his wife and son. It beautiful how the village came together to save the homes of others because they believed in sticking together. It is heartwarming to watch the love in and between families.
3. Bridal Veil Island in To Have and To Hold by T. Peterson and J. Miller
When I first heard of Bridal Veil I thought of secluded honeymoon scene and the description fitted perfectly. Oh the views at the water edge of both the sea and the river is breathtaking. The quiet stillness of the island adds more charm to the hotel building. Of course since it is in the South, there is the gorgeous Old House nestled in a comfortable corner. The many trails in and out of the woods created the perfect scene for stolen kisses and scary encounters at night. One of the outstanding beauties are the trees. The strong overbearing stems drapped with silk fern like coats, as seen on the cover of the novels creates a gorgeous back drop. The beauty of the island is one of two things which saved the story.
4. The Fringes in the Chrysalids by John Wyndham
There is something about weird/different mind set that is so fascinating. In the Fringes, people who are born different made a home, they include telepaths, people with extra toes etc.,basically what one would call a mutant. It is interesting that the description of the Fringes pales in comparison to the comfortable and well established life in the Waknuk. However, in the Fringes, there is complete freedom to be you, no one hiding or scared of death and uncertainty that they would face in the Waknuk.
5. The Garden of Eden
Excepting Adam and Eve no one has seen or lived in this enchanted forest. Many different fruits of all size and taste, geeez that must be delicious! Plus bonus you can walk around naked, feel the breeze. Just a carefree world with no problems and only one rule. Do not eat of the fruit found on the center tree, simple rule to live by and you get to hear the voice of God.