Songs in Fiction

Amish fiction, inspiration, Pebble Creek Series Comments: 12

Where the Roses Never Fade, Mid-week Inspiration

I like to include songs in my stories. On page one of A Wedding for Julia you’ll read that Ada picked the song “Where the Roses Never Fade” for her husband’s funeral. Throughout the story, the roses growing outside her kitchen window are a constant reminder of his love and God’s faithfulness.

I WANTED to include the lyrics, but turns out it’s a tricky thing to do that in a novel. It can be done, but the paperwork is rather massive. So we decided to refer to the song rather than quote it.

Many of you have written me and said you remember this song. I thought that today I’d share it with everyone. So following is a video by a blue grass band.

And you can find the lyrics here. I have a small Amish hymnal, and this song was included in it. Do you have a favorite hymn/praise song?




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12 thoughts on “Songs in Fiction

  1. Geri Kelley

    Yes I do have a favorite hymn or song it is “No Tears in Heaven” and it will be sung at my funeral also “When We all Get to Heaven” I have a hard time sing them in church now but give it my all and it comes from my heart….thank-you for this reminder and you have a blessed week hugssss to you my friend 🙂

    Geri Kelley

  2. Vera Godley

    On that is especially meaningful to my husband is “Somehow or other, God will provide” not sure of the correct title. It is encouragement that no matter our circumstances, God will provide – not as we will but as He will and not in our time but in His time. This has been something he/we have used to encourage our own children when they have been experiencing hard times, too.

    Thank you for the “Roses”. In reference to songs or music in books, sometimes I actually look up the words or the midi or an actual orchestral performance on youtube of music that is in a book I’m reviewing and put the music link in my review. I did this in another Amish book review when the music was classical and it was especially beautiful.

  3. Linda Wilson

    I do have a favorite. What a Day That Will Be is hands down my favorite. But a close second is How Great Thou Art.

  4. Linda McFarland

    Loved it! The message is wonderful. My favorite is “In the Garden” and lately I love to play “Midnight Cry” over & over! Thanks, V, for sharing! That’s one thing I always think of when I think of Vannetta Chapman…a sharing, generous person….Linda

  5. Melissa L.

    One of my favorites is “Old Rugged Cross”. Although “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Are” are close for second and third. Love your books!!

  6. Judy B

    Vannetta, I had never heard of this song before. I simply love the lyrics!

    One of my favorite hymns is, “When We All Get To Heaven!”

    Thanks for your post and this beautiful song, “Where The Roses Never Fade.”

    Judy B

    1. Peggy Rayburn

      How Great Thou Are was my Grandmother’s favorite hymn and by default mine, I loved her so much. Also, I Can Only Imagine by Casting Crowns, I Walk In The Garden Alone and Buleah Land

  7. vannettachapman Post author

    I’m so glad you all enjoyed the lyrics … and I love the songs you’ve posted on your comment. I know all of them! 🙂