How To Book It To Orlando (And Secrets Of The French Laundry)

Jena C. Henry is a writer, blogger, book reviewer, and bon vivant. Her goal is to make friends with everyone in the world. Jena enjoys reading new books and encouraging writers to be their best. Jena C. Henry holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Akron and practiced law and raised her family in tropical Ohio. Now retired, she writes novels, conducts writing workshops and enjoys good times with friends and family. Her fiction series, The Golden Age of Charli, spotlights the love and laughter of family life and retirement.

I’m Back!

My Sexagenarian Brain is still on Vacation!

Yes, as I write this it’s still January and I am looking forward to spending February in sunny Orlando. But I know when I get back in March, it will take me a few weeks to rev up my vacation brain to the steel-trap, high-octane, mega-creative performance you demand and I expect. So, as I did for last week’s blog, I am writing this before I go, with the understanding that I can update it when I return to Real Life. My brain may be suffused with sunshine, but I still want to be prepared!

Last week, we talked about a book I had read, One Way Ticket, set in Orlando. That got me curious- there must be lots of other books set in The City Beautiful. Idea! I could lose myself in a book that features Orlando- while I’m poolside in Orlando! So I clicked on over to Goodreads and here are a sample of books from the top of the list: “Books set in Orlando.”

  1. Paper Towns by John Green  650,777 ratings on Goodreads! 

One of the first reviews of this book listed was by my fabulous friend and fellow-blogger Beth Ann Chiles. She reported, Another fabulous book by John Green that leads the reader through the lives of Margo Roth Spiegelman and Quentin Jacobsen as revenge is plotted and a mystery unfolds. No surprise that this won the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery! 

2.  Dream Man by Linda Howard  15,892 ratings on Goodreads!

Detective Dane Hollister of the Orlando police department – he of the “heat and muscles”- stars in this exciting read!

3.  Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow 

Yes, Orlando and the Magic Kingdom! This