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First Chapter Review: GOING THERE: TALES FROM THE RIVIERA AND BEYOND by Donna Fletcher Crow #firstchapterreview @fletchercr #GoingThere


Thanks for visiting Literarily Speaking! Today's post is a first chapter review for GOING THERE: TALES FROM THE RIVIERA AND BEYOND, Donna Fletcher Crow's latest travel memoir/short story collection. First, a little about the book....

Author: Donna Fletcher Crow
Publisher: Verity Press
Pages: 152
Genre: Travel Memoir / Short Story Collection

In the summer of 2021 my daughter-in-law and I slipped through a brief window of sanity in a world driven mad by the Covid pandemic. Our purpose was to see my granddaughter Jane to a summer program in Monaco, then back to her ballet school in Switzerland. In spite of restrictions, protests, and nail-biting worries, the result was a marvelous experience.

I invited characters from my mystery series to join me in my imagination and have their own adventures in each setting. Their encounters are: Nice: “The Crime of Passion”; St Tropez: “The Mother Decrees”; Villefrance-sur-de-mer: “The Ghost Boy”; Monaco: “Fracas in Monaco”; The Loire Valley: “The Old Winemaker”;  Saint Gallen: “Whispers of Legend”.

The final coda is “Home Another Way” As 2 years later I return from quite a different trip aboard the Queen Mary 2 and my characters join in the celebrations as worlds coincide.

More information on the book GOING THERE: TALES FROM THE RIVIERA AND BEYOND can be found at https://www.amazon.com/Going-There-Tales-Riviera-Beyond-ebook/dp/B0CPHBRVJH?ref_=ast_author_mpb.


Again, there had been the time in March of 2003, when I was in retreat at a monastery in Yorkshire and the American president issued an ultimatum giving Saddam Hussein 48 hours to disarm. My husband called and said, “Come home. Now. There will be war.”


I think in all my years of seeing book covers, this one has to be the best one I've ever seen. Especially love the colors and am making a mental note to use these colors in one of my own upcoming books.



What a delightful first chapter! I love the back story of her experiences traveling just after the Covid restrictions were somewhat lifted and I love the back story she gave of her husband telling her she better get her butt back home as war was indeed eminent. The most I ever had to deal with when traveling was finding a bathroom. 


Without reading the full book, it sounds to me this chapter ends as a lead on for her short stories involving characters in her many books. I can't imagine how neat it would be to read these!


Absolutely! I think it's a novel idea to give your characters of other books a little limelight by creating stories around them. I've never heard of anyone doing this; quite unique! Yes, definitelyt going to finish this!

You can read the full chapter here and pick up your own personal copy below!


Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History, is an award-winning author who has published some 50 books in a career spanning more than 40 years. Her best-known work is Glastonbury, The Novel of Christian England, a grail search epic depicting 1500 years of British history. The Celtic Cross is a 10-book series covering the history of Scotland and England from the 6th to the 20th century. Crow writes 3 mystery series: The Monastery Murders, contemporary clerical mysteries with clues hidden deep in the past; Lord Danvers Investigates, Victorian true-crime stories within a fictional setting; and The Elizabeth and Richard literary suspense series, featuring various literary figures. Where There is Love is a 6-book biographical novel series of leaders of the early Evangelical Anglican movement. The Daughters of Courage is a semi-autobiographical trilogy family saga of Idaho pioneers. Reviewers routinely praise the quality of her writing and the depth of her research. Crow says she tries never to write about a place she hasn’t visited and one of her goals in writing is to give her readers a you-are-there experience. Donna and her husband of 60 years live in Boise, Idaho. They have 4 children and 15 grandchildren, and she is an avid gardener. 
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