Good Books & Old Friends

Amish fiction, Christian living Comments: 16

As fall settles over the Texas Hill Country, my thoughts turn to good books and old friends. Not such a strange combination, if you think about it.

I love to read in the fall. (Confession–I love to read all the time.) When the weather turns cold, I like to make a hot cup of tea or coffee, grab a book, and curl up in a chair. I can disappear there for hours on end. Sometimes it takes a good friend to tug on my arm and remind me I should go outside, go with them for a cup of coffee, spend a little time in the real world. My next release, Amish Christmas Memories, was dedicated to just this kind of friend.

I’ve known Vicki since I was 13 years old–that was a long time ago! At first I babysat her children, and then her children grew up and babysat mine. Now one of those girls–Kristy–is my virtual assistant. I don’t know what I’d do without her!

I recently went to see Vicki while we were in Houston. The thing about old friends, is that you pick up right where you left off. It doesn’t seem to matter how long it’s been. They’re your friend. They’ll always be your friend. People often ask me why Amish fiction is so popular. One of the reasons, I think, is because it focuses on friendship and family and the things that we treasure in life.

So tell me about an old friend you have. I’ll randomly choose one name to win a book for you and your best friend. Last post’s winner was Steve C.



Announcements for this week:

  • 5 of my Amish novels are on sale this month in ebook format for $1.99 or less. Purchase through Amazon or check your favorite retailer. Always confirm the price before purchasing.
  • We’re having antoher sale in my VCReader’s Boutique.  Click here to browse my items and remember that I add new items several times a week. Enter discount coupon Fall10percentoff for 10% off your entire order now through the end of the month. All crafted items now let you CHOOSE which book you’d like to go with it.
  • I’m going to Ireland, and I’d love for you to go with me. This trip is for writers, friends of writers, or readers who want to come and hang out with me and Amanda Flower. Details here. 
  • I have a new rafflectoper giveaway going which includes a beautiful fall-colored afghan made by my mom. Click here and scan down for details.
  • Amish Christmas Memories, my next release, is now available for pre-order.


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16 thoughts on “Good Books & Old Friends

  1. Melanie Backus

    I have a dear friend who I met in college. We were suite mates and had fun getting to know each other. That was many, many years ago but through it all we stayed in touch and now we are closer than ever. I treasure our friendship and our time together. The laughter we share is the best medicine for any ailment.

  2. Gail Hollingsworth

    I’ve had a good friend for 45 yrs. we spent the first few years of our adult lives as singles and did lots of travel and fun things together. We were in each other’s weddings. I’m 64 and she’s 68 and we still meet for coffee once a month.

  3. Pam Kappel

    I have a good friend named Lorretta.We met in 7th grade,over 50 years ago.I was a city girl and she lived in the country.We rode horses and went to the roller skating ring.We were the 2 shortest girls in our class and got the nick names Punk and Punky and we still get called that a lot.Such good memories and I can’t believe how fast the time has went.We’ve been thru a lot of good times and also sorrow.She has moved to different states several times but is now back in our old home town.which I never left.We will always be there for each other.

    1. lib1lady

      All of my friends are ones I’ve known all my life or since school days.
      I don’t get to see my friend Sheila very much but we keep in touch via email, regular mail, and FB.
      In those rare times that we do get to see each other, we start talking as if we had just left the room and came back in it together.
      Janet E.

  4. Andrea B. Brooks

    I have an old friend that I knew since I was a little girl and we still keep in touch on facebook. We were really close and we called each other ‘sisters.’.. we also gave each other gifts and had fun together. I would love to see her again, she is living on the coast in Oregon.

  5. Karen Tackett

    Goodness my mind is going through memories to decide which old friend to share. She is now in her 40’s but I have known her since she was in her teens. A precious young woman who helped with a ministry we worked with. Over the years we were in touch off and on. She married and had a precious little girl. When that marriage fell apart she moved away and I began visiting with her again. Through many trials where my husband and I shared Father’s love with her and she became our spiritual daughter, we watched the Lord transform her life. Our relationship today is so strong even though we do not physically see her often, our hearts are forever entwined. When we do get together, we pick right up where we left off and often we will send messages just saying I love you. So thankful for friendships that last a lifetime.

  6. Sherrill Dunsmuir

    My dearest friend is Carrie. We have been friends since 3rd grade. We were eight years old. We are sixty now, and have seen each other through the joys and grief that is life. It is a great comfort to have a friend through life.

  7. Marilyn R

    I’ve had a dear friend since kindergarten. We know we can always call or text with a prayer request even being states apart now.
    I’m looking forward to reading Amish Christmas Memories when it’s released.

  8. Marilyn

    I have a friend,Mary who have known since we were children. We have been through good and bad times. Our mothers passed away within three weeks of each other.

  9. Jackie Tessnair

    I have a dear old friendship with Lisa. We met when our sons started kindergarten and have been friends every since. Now our sons have children. We have been through good times and bad times and we know we will be here for each other until the end.

  10. Sherrill oyer

    I am going to the funeral of Mother of my best high school friend this week. We live 220 miles apart but stay connected. She was there when my mom passed 2 years ago.

  11. Joan Kurth

    I have a friend who went to the same one room country school as I did. So we have been friends for 70 years and still keep in touch. Now we keep in touch through Facebook and we trade authors and books titles because we both like the same kind of books.


    When I saw the picture before coming to your blog, I thought that was Vicki! Her daughter Kari is married to my son Bobby. I really need to start reading your books. Love your postings! Are you books available from Google? I read everything on my tablet.