Unexpected Truth in Fiction: The Story Behind Gwynneth’s House

I recently began putting my contemporary romance, Gwynneth Ever After, onto Wattpad as a serial. Having new readers discover the book has been a lot of fun, because I have a real soft spot for the story myself…and part of what I love about it so much is its familiarity.

The story takes place right here in the Ottawa-Gatineau region where I live. For their first dinner date, Gwyn and Gareth go to the little restaurant where my husband took me the night he proposed.  It’s still in operation (though I changed the name in the story), and one day I hope we’ll go back…maybe for our not-too-distant 30th anniversary. 😉

I’ve also walked the same trails at Mackenzie King Estate that Gwyn does with her children. It remains one of my favourite places to visit in Gatineau Park, reminiscent of a slower pace of life, steeped in history, and yet somehow still gloriously unspoiled.

And Gwynneth’s house? That really exists, too, a mere ten-minute walk from where I live. It’s one of the historical homes in what used to be a village and is now a suburb. The place is gorgeously maintained, and it has the exact addition on it that I describe in the book. I took giant dog out for a walk past it yesterday so I could take some photos for you:

 

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That’s the addition on the back. I’ve never seen inside, but I’m sure it’s beautiful! 😉

 

And now for the “truth in fiction” part: several years after I wrote the book, in which Gwyn is an architect who designed the addition on the house, I found out some of the home’s history from a friend of mine who was in real estate at the time. It turns out that one of the former owners really was a single female architect…and she really did design the addition. How über-cool (and weird!) is that? I just hope she found her own Gareth, don’t you? 🙂

Well? What do you think? If you’ve read the book, does the real thing live up to what you pictured? Can’t you just imagine Gwyn & Gareth there on the porch stairs, looking up at the stars? 🙂

P.S. If you haven’t already read the book, buy links (just $2.99) for Gwynneth Ever After can be found on my home page, or you can follow the free serial release on Wattpad (a new chapter goes up every Friday morning).


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8 responses to “Unexpected Truth in Fiction: The Story Behind Gwynneth’s House”

  1. Sandra Avatar
    Sandra

    It’s even more wonderful than anything my mind could conjure up despite your description.

    1. Linda Avatar
      Linda

      It is beautiful, isn’t it, Sandra? I love just walking by it. 🙂

  2. Bea @Bea's Book Nook Avatar

    That is a lovely looking house and how cool about the former owner. That is neat.

    1. Linda Avatar
      Linda

      I know, right, Bea? I got chills when my friend told me about the owner!

  3. erin b Avatar
    erin b

    i want to live there as well! it is a lovely book btw 🙂

    1. Linda Avatar
      Linda

      Thanks, Erin! I’m so glad you enjoyed! 🙂

  4. D. D. Syrdal Avatar

    Actually it does. I wasn’t picturing anything quite so large, I envisioned something more modest, but the porch is pretty close to how I imagined it. That’s awesome about the former owner/architect! You must have some psychic connection with the house 😉

    1. Linda Avatar
      Linda

      Which totally means I should own it, right, D.D.??? 😀

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