My friend Kathy, who writes and sells personalized romance novels, is at her busiest in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day. She is busy promoting the books offered on the yournovel.com website and encouraging romantics to provide their spouses with a very unusual gift. One of their books features the Grove Park Inn in Asheville. Here’s a scene she sent me that takes place in the restaurant there:
The approaching waiter discretely turned as if he urgently needed to check something on his black leather order pad. When Fletcher released Kathy’s hand and sat back down, the waiter came over and greeted them. The usual banter ensued: the welcome, chit chat, presentation of menus, description of specials and question about drinks. A choice of wine by Fletcher took the waiter away with a promise to return shortly. Immediately, another server delivered breads, butter and water, and then Fletcher and Kathy had a chance to read over the menu, which was a fixed price with five courses, several selections within each course.
Fletcher began, “I don’t know where to start. Do you have any idea of what you want?”
Kathy read down the appetizer list: “Smoked Salmon, Tuna and Baby Octopus Escabeche, Grilled Vegetable Boudin, Crayfish Ravioli with Black Truffles, Baked Fanny Bay Oysters.”
“My mouth is watering already just looking at the menu,” Fletcher said. “Are you going to have soup or salad? The Lobster-Fennel Bisque, Honey-Cured Duck and Baby Green Salad, or Horizons’ Signature Caesar Salad with shrimp, lobster and crab?”
Kathy answered, “Like everything else here at Grove Park, this menu is top of the line. Have you looked at the entrees? I don’t know how to pick.”
You can get more information about their “For the Ages” book set in Asheville. Like all their books, it comes in mild and wild. You can choose different locations that Kathy has researched and stories she’s written. There’s lots to choose from.