Tourist Tips from Davis Bunn: England

Elaine writes:

One third of the way thru Full Circle, my best expression is “ahhh.”

Seriously, just before picking this up, I backed out of an e-book written by a female secular author whose command of the English language is mostly displayed in four letters, OR her genuine favorite, the name of the Lord Jesus Christ; not in prayer.

I knew it was time to wash my eyes with Christian fiction again, so I found your as yet-unread book on Amazon. Not long ago I read The Black Madonna, but it’s Full Circle which has inspired me yet again to write you.

There is a place you take people, sir. A wonderland of words. For example, my heart was deeply stirred by this passage:

“Kayla clung to her, not from affection, but rather because she needed a moment to crush yet another wave of regret. When they released each other and Honor pressed her palms to the corners of her eyes, Kayla wondered which woman was the stronger, the one who controlled her tears or the one who let herself cry.”

Wow. Never thought of it that way. I’m the one who doesn’t cry.

Beyond the heart-place is the England you take your readers to. I’d love to see it. My husband is a Delta Captain and we have to use some company gifted tickets by a certain date. Since being in your novel, I have begun to desire a first ever trip to England. I don’t want to see London necessarily, or if at all, maybe a day, since neither of us is big on the well-worn sightseers’ paths.

Do you have some favorite places you would recommend to someone who wants to see your native country with the eyes you use to weave that marvelously intricate tapestry? It’s likely we would avoid the heavily travelled summer season, but maybe early Sept. would work for us.


Dear Elaine,

Thanks so much for your lovely words. To answer your question: There are a number of truly breathtaking regions that still hold the aura of a slower-paced England. I would suggest you stay in Henley-On-Thames when you arrive from the US, less than an hour from Heathrow Airport and a fantastic glimpse into the pre-Victorian river life.

From there you have two possibilities that would both be possible to do in a week, which I’ll assume is your timeline, you did not say. My personal preference would be to go to Bath, perhaps the most beautiful city in England.

And from there tour Cornwall and Devon, staying in the coastal towns. There are some truly spectacular old manor hotels, which Isabella loves, not too expensive, any number of websites will help with that, her favorite is Relais Chateau, but it’s pricey.

The B&Bs are also beautiful down there, and September will not be too chilly. But as I said, you will need a car. The alternative would be to train from Bath north four hours to the Lake Country. Stay in Windermere, from where you can take daily tours either to hike or travel by mini-bus. Lovely region, and September will be perhaps the finest time of year.

Have a lovely journey.

One Response to “Tourist Tips from Davis Bunn: England”

  1. Amy Boucher Pye says:

    I’m a transplanted Yank living in the UK. Also close to Heathrow is Windsor, which is touristy but will give you a royal taste if you tour the (fascinating) castle. We also enjoyed Frogmoor nearby, but my husband and son and diehard lovers of history and the monarchy.

    I love the Cotswolds if you don’t want to go too far afield, but you’ll also need a car. Quaint villages and loads of history – and the Costwolds stone is glorious. Dorset is another fascinating place to visit; we spent a couple of weeks there when we were first married and I immersed myself in the novels of Thomas Hardy.

    An easy (1 hour) train journey from London is Cambridge. An all-year market, the Backs (of the colleges, along the River Cam), evensong at Kings…

    York is just a couple hours north by train and another lovely cathedral city. The Shambles is that historic part of the city. You mustn’t miss Betty’s tea shop either.


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