Towns and villages, bucolic and sweet. Church spires in every direction. Town circles, town squares, gracious old courthouse... Cemeteries, with their own stories to tell.
The sweet, caught-in-time town of Angelica, where I found Park Circle, a town 'round' surrounded by lovely old churches. Right then, strolling down Main Street, I knew I'd found the setting for the fictional town of "Jamison, New York".
|Doesn't this inn just beg you to stop by? Spend the night?|
A library to die for in Wellsville.
And so much more!
But the main thing that caught my attention in 2007 was the people. I traveled to Allegany County from my home two hours north to watch a friend's son play in the New York State Little League Championships hosted in Wellsville.
|The Beef Haus owners stayed open late to serve the out-of-town Little League families. Great food, gracious servers!|
|Cartwrights Maple Tree Inn... Look at the line of folks, stretching through the snow, waiting for the yearly tradition of buckwheat pancakes and freshly made maple syrup.|
I've always felt God finds a way. Was it a coincidence that took me to Allegany County in '07? I don't think so. Was it a coincidence that put me on a plane alongside a staff member from Bolivar Richburg schools and she mentioned Dave Evans and his work-shop project of refurbishing houses?
His project is now my hero's job in the upcoming "A Family to Cherish" in July, 2012.
Was it chance that when my son-in-law repeated a phrase from Littleton, Colorado, a person that mentioned that most of the Columbine teachers had moved on... And then my brain started wondering where they would go. How they would move on? That tidbit of information became "Mended Hearts", my September, 2011 Love Inspired release.
As I learn more about this county, I realize I have family not far from there, the Romessers and the Almeters and the Cavanaughs. Old stories crop up, with new takes.
I am literally having the time of my life!
No matter where you're from, I promise you will relate to the small town warmth and antics of this series. You'll meet people you're sure you've met before, characters that cross all our paths. And I hope you love each and every book as much as I've loved writing them!
God bless you!