My upcoming book, The Art of Love, is the second in my Hedon Falls series. Hedon Falls is a fictional town in Ontario, Canada and I thought I’d share a bit about it, and some of my inspiration for it!
Hedon Falls is located in Southern Ontario, approximately an hour outside of Toronto. When George Thompson and his family immigrated to Canada in the early 1800’s they chose the scenic location because it was near the headwaters of the Humber River. It reminded them of their hometown, Hedon, on the River Humber in England, and they named the town for the waterfall near what became the centre of the town. A mill was built and trade began to flourish between the small town and its nearby neighbours.
Today, Hedon Falls is a mid-size community of about 50, 000 people, but it’s growing because of its desirable location, gorgeous scenery, and reasonable commute to the city. It retains the small town charm, even as more modern malls and housing developments are added. The downtown area is being revitalized, with many of the original buildings being renovated to house specialty shops and attractions. This is where you will find O’Connell’s Irish Pub, which has been run by the same family since it was first established in 1854. Down the street is the Empire Dance Club, a movie theatre, and Carol’s Café. Residents are quick to let you know that Carol’s has the best lattes around! Across the street is The Hedonist’s Haven, the only store in Hedon Falls selling adult merchandise. It caused quite a scandal when it first opened, but the owners have kept the exterior tasteful and discreet.
As you travel further through the town, you’ll find the Falling Waters Brewery. This craft brewery is renowned for their quality ales and lagers, which you can find in stores right across Canada. You can also find the original mill, which was built in 1832. While the mill itself closed during the Depression, the building has housed other businesses over the years. It is currently under renovation and will be home to the Hynes Gallery, a private art gallery owned by Melanie Hynes.
If you’re looking to do some shopping, the premier retail destination is The Shops of Hedon Falls. This shopping centre is home to many high end stores. Smaller plazas can be found around town with businesses ranging from flower shops to Dalton’s Aquariums and More! which is run by the Dalton twins. They caused a stir when they committed to live in a ménage relationship with a single woman. Thankfully, the residents of Hedon Falls are becoming more open-minded.
But the most famous thing you’ll find in Hedon Falls is Kendra Hughes, Canada’s most successful actress. She was born and raised in Hedon Falls, and after marrying Rydell Publishing CEO Jack Sullivan, purchased a large estate in the rural area surrounding the town. She has made guest appearances on stage at the Hedon Falls Theatre, and can sometimes be spotted around town, though she often disguises herself.
Hedon Falls isn’t based on any one specific place, but rather a composite of places I have been and loved. The first story in the series, Landing the Big Ones, is about the Dalton twins and their quest to woo the woman they love. It is available now. The Art of Love is being released on February 21 and tells us how gallery owner Melanie Hynes falls for three sexy artists.
I’m working on the next book right now, and it tells the story of movie star Kendra Hughes and her husband Jack Sullivan, who hire a housekeeper and then realize that she is much more than that to both of them. Hopefully, that one will be accepted as well! I have many more stories to tell about the residents of Hedon Falls, and I hope you can enjoy them with me. Keep up to date with my news on my blog, Twitter, Facebook, or my author page at Bookstrand.
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