Lake Humphrey only exists in my thoughts, although I have used the charming town of Bromont and other villages in the Eastern Townships as my inspiration. The lake setting resembles the enchanting Lake Memphremagog, home of the famous long necked lake monster, nicknamed Memphre.
"Although Lake Humphrey had considerably grown over the years, it had kept its historic elegance and Willa couldn't picture it any other way. It was a place where children came home to their parents; where hammocks and swings adorned most balconies, and basking in the afternoon's summer sun had become a fine tradition."
Meringue the Restaurant
Let me introduce you to Meringue, a lovely restaurant set in Lake Humphrey; it is June Mooney's dwelling and business, a place where delicious concoctions come to life every day.
"Meringue was far from being the most glamorous restaurant in town, in fact it reminded Ruth of an old European farmhouse; it was extremely clean, simple in its decor, but strangely... mesmerizing. The scents she inhaled were delicate and different, somewhat hypnotic. When she went home that night, all she remembered was following June's instructions by simply nodding to her offer and putting on the crisp cotton apron she was handed."
Chef D'Alembert's Cuisine
Harold D'Alembert, an award-winning French chef, has just arrived in Lake Humphrey with the intention of turning an old manor into an exquisite restaurant. Unfortunately, the building he has purchased is right beside Meringue... He will soon discover what his new neighbor is truly made of... But will June's schemes keep him from moving forward?
"It was of course through the back doors of his restaurant that all ingredients were received. And on that mid-July morning, June saw crates of figs and mangoes being hauled in. There was a shipment of organic beef cuts, fingerling potatoes and beets as well. Fine, you serve your beef today, I’ll serve my very special pheasant. She gave off a dramatic smile. Through the grape vines, she’d heard that the chef loved serving that meat, and it just so happened that she also heard that Monsieur Leblanc’s latest batch was ready to go that morning, and jumped on the occasion."