In the Blood Vine series, I explore the theme of nostalgia and what it means to have a home. In the world of the novels, my vampires have a biological need to dwell in their homeland, and the human Zoey has to confront her own long-buried desire to belong somewhere. Her arrival at Andre’s home foreshadows this conflict.
Between two low hills, Zoey caught a glimpse of the beautiful house nestled among the vineyards. Even from the front drive, the Kaštel Estate Winery was enchanting. Textured white stucco walls reached upwards to the roof of Spanish tile. It was a picturesque Mediterranean villa, well suited to a family who’d emigrated from an island in the Adriatic Sea.
As soon as the entire house came into view, its large windows and old-fashioned door called to her invitingly. The white house and orderly flowerbeds were immaculate, but somehow it still looked lived-in, and she couldn’t wait to see inside. She imagined walking up the front steps, and putting her very own key in the lock, and for the first time since she could remember, she wished she had a home, not just a place to sleep and store her things.
In the very next breath, Zoey brushes off the “troublesome” feeling, and goes right back to burying every longing inside her. I love how stubborn she is–at least as thick headed as the best alpha heroes, Andre included.