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No matter where you are, you’d think that life is perfect in a beautiful landscape. Who would suspect treachery and terror lurking just below the surface when the scenery is breathtaking? Here’s a sneak peak of “Fairhaven” where an innocent and unsuspecting young woman has been abducted. She doesn’t know if her captors are friend or foe; but – oh my – the location is captivating.
The inspiration for the Draker’s Fairhaven mansion comes from this gorgeous villa in Saint-Jean-Cap de Ferrat, in Southern France, Villa Euphussi de Rothschild, which is now a museum and opens to the public.
In my novel, “Finding Ruby”, the setting becomes an integral part of the mystery. Here is an excerpt to provoke your interest.
“The gardens were arranged almost thematically with spectacular plantings of exotic and tropical foliage, palm trees, rhododendrons, begonias, and many flowers and plants too exotic for me to recognize. Reflecting ponds were tucked into each of the gardens, and marble statuary accented the manicured beds. As I struggled to keep up with Roscoe, more garden themes emerged as I went further down the path. The property was on a narrow peninsula walled on each side with terraced look out balconies that hung precipitously out over the steep cliffs allowing unencumbered views of the vastness of the Mediterranean that surrounded the narrow jut out of land. Decorative signs labeled the garden themes along the way. Past the Japanese garden, the Italian garden, the Venetian garden, and at the front of the rose garden, a pillared open sided round temple stood, its domed canopy with Corinthian pillars anchoring it to the marble platform underneath. It stood reverent and serene at the garden’s end high above a cliff with nothing beyond its southern face, dropping treacherously to the ocean below. The temple could be accessed by from either side. Curved marble stairs embraced the temple aloft with elaborately carved rails and balusters sculpted from exquisite marble that semi circled up to the temple platform and its perimeter enclosing and protecting visitors from falling to their death far below. ”
Below – the west terrace overlooking the Fairhaven’s Bay.