As a lifetime California gal, I found it a bit of a shock to find myself living in East Texas in my late fifties. It’s so beautiful here, but things are…different—just as they would be had we moved anywhere else that wasn’t ‘home.’ Still, my grandchildren live close now, and that makes this location perfect for us. Home is, after all, where the heart is.
I must confess, however, that a piece of my heart remains in Cambria, California. This quaint little village on the Central Coast was and will always be my favorite beach hangout. It’s a tourist town, and almost always teeming with visitors from just about everywhere. I love that side of its ‘personality’ too…but there’s more to Cambria than East Village, West Village, and Moonstone Beach. Something far more personal.
When my daughter fell in love and married her honey, we were happy to welcome Zac’s family into our hearts. His mother quickly became a treasured friend and sister in Christ. She is the reason I fell in love with Cambria. (Photos of this precious lady aren’t easy to come by, but I had this one on hand. Susan showed up as moral support when I spoke at a writers’ group in Bakersfield, and someone caught her in a moment of beautiful laughter. Susan, I hope you won’t mind me sharing that photo here. It’s my favorite!)
This lovely lady lives in Bakersfield, but she also owns a cozy home in a Cambria neighborhood overlooking the ocean—a pretty little blue house with views of the Pacific from every balcony. A short walk takes visitors to the water. On the ocean side of the house, a walking trail meanders across bluffs that overlook the waves.
Our sweet new family member generously opened her beach home to us whenever we got a hankerin’ for the ocean. I needed only one visit to fall in love—with Cambria, and with the little blue house on the seaside. Each time we were there, I headed straight for the living room windows and slid them wide open to let in the roar of the ocean and the smell of salt in the air.
My infatuation grew stronger every time we had opportunity to spend time on the coast. I suppose it was only natural that I eventually felt an overwhelming need to write a novel using Cambria as a setting. But the more deeply I delved into the idea, the more I realized…one book wouldn’t be nearly enough. That initial idea turned into four novels—one for each season of the year, all set in Cambria at a lodge called Paradise Pines.
I thought readers might enjoy a peek into the cozy corner of Cambria that birthed this series. I asked Susan for photos, and she promptly sent me not just three or four, but forty-one to choose from, several of which were taken by my photographer daughter, Rayna.
What a blessing it is to have family and friends who truly put to practice the familiar Spanish phrase: Mi casa es su casa. My house is your house.
My corner of Cambria is your corner too.
Thank you, Susan! You’ve blessed us immensely with your friendship, your sweet spirit…and the open door to your little blue house on the seaside.
Here’s a link to a slideshow of photos taken in and around Susan’s Cambria home: http://bit.ly/2qyvbUC
Delia Latham’s Paradise Pines series premiered in February with the release of Spring Raine. Summer Dreams releases May 19th. Release dates are pending for Autumn Falls and Winter Wonders. About Summer Dreams: Summer Callahan isn’t in Cambria for the beach or the ocean or the pine-scented air around Paradise Pines Lodge. She’s there as a companion to her flighty cousin, Deah—with the understanding that they will have separate agendas the entire time. Summer just wants to be left alone to dream up the romance novels she writes under a pseudonym. But never in Summer’s wildest writer’s imagination does she dream of being caught in an undertow and almost drowning, only to be rescued by a wealthy artist. And when Logan Bullard proves hard to shake, Summer fears for her heart—especially when Deah sets her sights on Logan.
Writing Heaven’s touch into earthly tales, Delia puts her characters through the fire of earthly trials to bring them out victorious by the hand of God, His heavenly messengers, and good, old-fashioned love. You’ll always find a touch of the divine in her tales of sweet romance.
Delia lives in East Texas with her husband Johnny. She’s a Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and author of inspirational romance…with a finger or two immersed in the design pool, where she creates marketing material for other authors. She treasures her role as child of the King and heir to the throne of God. She’s got a “thing” for Dr. Pepper and loves hearing from readers.