Savannah in the spring is gorgeous with the azaleas, then the crepe myrtles, but it wasn’t until we moved to the Hill Country of central Texas that I realized how lovely spring can be.
Texas is an amazing state. As the commercial says, it’s like a whole other country with mountains (not very high ones but mountains still) and deserts, the piney woods of East Texas, and the coastal plains on the Gulf.
But it’s the Hill Country I love. Scattered through the area are the Highland Lakes, made when the Colorado River was dammed nearly one hundred years ago. Surrounding that are the most beautiful fields of wild flowers that bloom every spring.
All this glory starts with the blue bonnets which come up close to Easter. By mid-March, everyone competes to be the first to find a patch. As March melts into April, the fields on each side of Old Spanish Trail are covered with the bluish-purple haze that is the beginning of spring and the wildflower season.
Because of the beauty of the Hill Country—from the blue bonnets to the Mexican blanket and other wild flowers followed by the blossoming and blooming of the prickly-pear cactus– small town Central Texas is a marvelous place to live, especially for those of us who can’t raise flowers on our own. God provides them in abundance..
When Kate Wallace comes home after an absence of nearly fifteen years, she falls in love with the beauty of her hometown. Although she’s lived in New York, Houston, and Miami, she discovers to her amazement that she wants to stay in Silver Lake.
Her old boyfriend Rob Chambers is used to the beauty of their hometown. After she left, his heart mended. He married and had a darling daughter. Then his wife died and, for him, the blue bonnets didn’t bloom again.
As I was writing DEEP IN THE HEART, I decided I had tell all my readers how beautiful spring in the Hill Country is. I used the changing wildflowers to show the passage of time. Kate comes back to Silver Lake as the blue bonnets begin to show. The changes in her life take place against the background of the cyclical beauty of nature. I had to spend a lot of time researching the wildflowers. I have a shelf of books and a dear friend who helped me greatly.
DEEP IN THE HEART is all about change. Through the book, Kate is happy she came home, She becomes a small town girl and finds her faith again. She attempts to reconcile with her difficult sister and helps her lonely niece to find friends.
Rob has to learn to grieve for his wife and trust the woman who left him.
And nature reflects those changes. The cycles of life match the cycles in nature.
I’ve mentioned a few places we’ve lived that I found very beautiful. What is the most beautiful place you’ve lived or visited? Why? What did or do you find so lovely?
I’ll have a drawing for one person who posts their answer. The winner will receive an autographed copy of DEEP IN THE HEART. If you visit my web site janemyersperrine.com, I’ll have an additional Texas prize for one of you.