Setting is an important character in a novel. When I read I especially enjoy Googling locations described within the story's pages. The most recent exploration was Daphne du Maurier' s haunting tale, The House on the Strand. This time travel piece had me zooming in to the delightful Cornwall UK region, examining the town and topography experienced by the characters.
What's even better is when a novel is locally set! Nardi Point is an award-winning women's contemporary fiction set in North Raleigh, NC. What fun to follow a story where the main characters traverse my home town!
Below are the seven best locations from Nardi Point in North Raleigh, NC.
Nardi Point Subdivision
Nardi Point is a developing new North Raleigh subdivision proximate to Falls Lake where major characters discover pre-historic Woodland Period Native American artifacts as they begin building their dream home. The region surrounding the Neuse River and Falls Lake is known to have been a transient camp area for ancient peoples some 10,000 years ago. Before Falls Lake was created from the Neuse River, local state archaeologists surveyed the area to be impounded for pre-historic sites of the earliest North Carolinians. Findings included imprinted pottery sherds, projectile points, and simple tools used in their everyday lives.
Six Forks Road
Six Forks Road is traveled extensively by main characters Laurinda Elliot and Leyla Jo Piper. Six Forks Road runs from the heart of Raleigh north to Raleigh's edges and is home to corporate headquarters, banks, churches, housing subdivisions, schools, and shopping areas.
Bay Leaf Community
The Bay Leaf community is located in the northeast corner of Raleigh. The Bay Leaf Live Bait and Tackle Shop has been an institution in this unincorporated community for years. It's location close to Falls Lake makes it popular with area fishermen.
ZEST Cafe and Home Decor
Main characters meet and eat here and address their changing life styles. A smart cafe offers delicious lunches and dinners and delights regulars with trendy home decor items and outstanding gifts.
Another trendy eatery located off Creedmoor Road in North Raleigh, Margaux's serves great food with menus that change daily. Frequented by Laurinda Elliot Margaux's is a special favorite of her fiance, Dan.
Norwood Road is a special location for new upscale housing subdivisions. Carved from heritage dairy and tobacco farmlands, the Norwood Road section of North Raleigh resembled Cotswold, England countryside prior to its development.
Creedmoor Road Route 50 Boat Launch
Just off Creedmoor Road, a superb boat launch is among several developed when the Neuse River was impounded to form Falls Lake State Recreation area. Locals can easily launch motor boats trailer-ed to the lake. Surrounded by acres of non-residential green space, the lake provides swimming, camping, and family-oriented recreational activities.
Blue Jay Point County Park
This Wake County park was created during the Falls Lake project. A favorite of Leyla Jo Piper, the nature preserve includes walks through a mature pine forest, an interpretive nature center, and sparkling glimpses and access to Falls Lake.