When I asked Peter at Bespoke Book Covers to come up with a cover for Chocolates in the Ocean, I had something very specific in mind. I wanted to illustrate a specific scene from the book from Anne dreams of her baby for the first time. Actually that scene, if you take out the dream part, is how my son gave me the title for the book. The only difference is that we were parked behind our old apartment in Esbjerg and not by the beach in Langeland.
I wanted the Langeland bridge on the book cover because that bridge is magical.
You wouldn’t think it to look at it. Joining one little Danish island to another and built in 1962, there is nothing remarkable about it.
And yet …
The moment you cross that bridge, it’s as though you’re crossing over into a different world. A world where there is no stress, no worries, no unpaid bills. Life slows down and everything you left behind does not cross the bridge with you.
My father told me he felt it the first he crossed that bridge almost 40 years ago.
I feel it every time I come to Langeland.
In the early days of the New Year, I watched an interview with a Danish celebrity, Joan Ørting, who has a house here, and she said the same thing. The moment you cross the bridge you relax. Yesterday I read an article in the local paper about a couple who have recently returned to Langeland from Copenhagen and they said the same thing.
This morning I was editing the scene in the sequel when Anne comes back to Langeland after the death of her husband. She pauses on the bridge for a long moment to allow the memories of her marriage to fly free.
Everything you left behind does not cross the bridge with you.
The bridge is magical.