Sneak peek at a new cover

Isn’t it gorgeous?

The art department at Simon & Schuster, my publisher, is BRILLIANT.Β  Particularly Lucy Cummins, who is the brains behind this beauty of a new cover.

By the way, the background looks grey in this picture, but in real life it’s SHINY SILVER FOIL — how cool is that?! It makes the book look like it’s been gift-wrapped.

And yes, that’s Becca Chadwick in the picture.Β  She’ll have chapters of her own this time around, including the very first chapter, which I’ll be posting soon, I promise!


442 thoughts on “Sneak peek at a new cover”

  1. Becca!!I’ve always wanted something from her POV.
    It’s so beautiful!Are they in college?Or is Home For The Holiday’s a book?It kind of sounds like they’re coming home from college or something like that.That’s so exciting!!!How do they find people to be in the picture?


    • They’re sophomores in high school — the book takes place over Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. So it’s a partial year instead of a full one this time. But book #6 will pick up where this one left off, and finish off the year! πŸ™‚

      I’m not sure how the art department finds its models — probably through a modeling agency in New York…

        • Claire—-
          There will be a seventh one. It will (hopefully not) be the last book in the series. You can find out for sure on the faq section of the website. I believe it’s on the second page. I am really hoping for a lot more books in the series. Maybe she could even make them about the moms so you could see their point of view. That would be VERY interesting. Especially Mrs. Chadwick’s.

          Hope that helped,

          • Oops, I meant that there would be a SIXTH one. I am so sad πŸ™ that they’re will not be a seventh one!

        • I ditto that!
          Prom would be so fun… I wonder who they will go with…
          If you write it…

        • At this point there are plans for a total of six, Elina. I’m happy you’re going to read them all! πŸ™‚

          • You can’t just have six!!! Why not like 15?? I swear I’ll be reading these books until I’m 98……if want I can write the rest πŸ˜‰ anyways….my whole life revolves around these books. Everything I see reminds me of them. I’m always making references to them in any situation. My life is over now : ,(

          • Awwww, Erin. You made me laugh out loud! Your life definitely is NOT over, but I appreciate the enthusiasm! πŸ˜€

          • And I’ve read each book about hmmm let’s see….3004783992789476294 maybe? Just an estimate. And I pretty much just have to skim them because I’ve read them so many times!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • First off- I LOVE LOVE the Mother-Daughter Book Club series. My favorite book is probably either Pies and Prejudice or Home For the Holidays. Just like Becca, my mom and grandma had read the Besty-Tacy books and finally, in eighth grade, I read them and loved them! Actually, I read them right before Home for the Holidays came out :). I also have a few questions… Who’s going to be on the cover for the sixth book? Is it going to be all of them (that’d be awesome) or just one?? Also- you really should write more Mother-Daughter Book Club books! I hate seeing a really good series come to an end! Please write more! I love all of the characters but my favorite is Cassidy just because I can really relate to her. Well… thats all!

        • Hi there — I’m so glad you love my book! That makes my feet itch to do the happy dance… πŸ™‚ As for the sixth book, I’m not sure who’s going to be on the cover yet. The art department at Simon & Schuster will work their magic on it, and come up with something totally awesome, though.

      • OMG! I LOVE your books! They are the best books I have ever read (and I read a LOT)!!!!! I told all of my friends about them! You even inspired me to write my own book! It’s still in the works, though! You are my FAVORITE author!

  2. Heather,

    You sure know how to whet the appetite. Can’t wait for the book to be out. Good for Becca. It’s about time to hear from her.

    All the best to you.

  3. Wow! That is gorgeous! And you mean that the cover actually feels like foil!? That is just plain COOL! I knew that in one of the Mother-Daughter-Book-Club series Becca would have her own chapters- I just figured you would do it. I can’t wait until you post the first chapter, and I have a question was
    Jess on the cover of the first book,
    Cassidy on the cover of the second book,
    Megan on the cover of the third book,
    and Emma on the cover of the fourth book?

  4. Wow! SUPER exiting!! I can’t wait! Congratulations Heather! You definatley are an amazing writer!

    You said it comes out October 4th?

  5. Ohhhh!Christmas is After Halloween!Heh,Parents better know what i want!
    You got my excitement all up and jumpy!!Post it REALLLLY soon please!

  6. awsome that is just so cool!!! i for one can not WAIT it just seems so far away! october ugh! its only april! so the 1st chapter is in Becca’s POV cool i figured it would but that just so cool! i still am wondering what she’ll talk about you know will she talk a boys (cough cough zach cough cough) hahaha or the other girls because she still doesnt fulling understand them all the way you know so i just hope theres no idk y she acting like that type of thing and heather how many chapter will there be this time and is it the longest of them all?

    • It’s going to be just about as long as the other ones, but 15 chapters instead of 16 (5 chapters per “season” — thanksgiving, christmas, new year’s eve)…

  7. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I absolutely LOVE it!!!! It looks fabulous!!! I can’t wait do it to come out in October. It’s going to be to hard! πŸ™‚ I’m also dying to read the first chapter!

    I have a question for you, Heather. Is the model they choose for Becca the way you imagined her in your mind. For some reason I always imagined her with light brown, curly hair. But I still LOVE the picture of her on the cover! πŸ™‚

    • Yes, she looks like the Becca in my mind, Alaina. But I know how it is when you picture a character one way, and then when you see them on the cover of a book, or in a movie, and they look different — well, it’s a bit disconcerting. I remember going to see “Gone with the Wind” with my mother, and Vivian Leigh did NOT look a bit like the Scarlett O’Hara in my mind, and I was MAD! I could barely watch the movie. But eventually I got past it. πŸ˜‰

      • This kind of thing happens to me in every book! πŸ™‚ I like Becca on the cover. I’m goin to start to think of her as the model now. That do a great job picking models! πŸ™‚

      • Were you ever disappointed with the cover/model of one of your books? I keep wondering if the cover of my future novel will look how I imagined it.

        • Actually, I’ve always been really happy with the covers. It’s so fun to see what a talented artist comes up with!

      • Yes!! That is like Percy Jackson “The Lightning Theif” by Rick Riordan!! He described Annabeth as a girl with medium-length light blonde hair and in the movie she had long dark brown hair!!!!! I sometimes wonder if these authors have any say in anything that goes on in the movies!!!! Plus some parts in the storyline were changed. I know (or i am pretty sure at least) ok so i have heard that J.K. Rowling would not allow any Harry Potter movies to be made unless she could look over the script beforehand and also she wanted to be part of the casting … That is why i <3 these movies and books so much because the characters and storyline are absolutely perfect!! ( they matched my visions perfectly!!) If you made the MDBC series into movies that would be soooo cool!!!!!! But i do prefer reading over watching TV of course…

        • OMG! Annabeth having brown hair in the movie drove me NUTTY! Little things like that really bug me!

      • the people in each of ur mdbc book,are they real people? or wat

        haha lol:)

        for me, i pictures cassidy as the prettiest of ya the girls

          • no, i mean those girls in each of the book cover(are they real person?)…sorry about that πŸ™‚

            cant wait for book 6 coming out!!! LOVE IT!!!:)

          • Yes! They’re real girls — models chosen by my publisher’s art department to represent the girls in the book club. πŸ™‚

          • so do u know the name of each person on each of the cover?

            if u know, could tel us?

            My favorite is cassidy (yew u will know it) haha πŸ™‚

          • I don’t know the names of the real girls (the models), but I do know the names of the characters they’re representing: #1 = Jess, #2 = Cassidy, #3 = Megan, #4 = Emma, #5 = Becca.

          • wait? are u kidding me….they real models? πŸ™‚

            does they know each other in real life?

            and i have more question…
            if u finish writing book 6, could you wrote another (book 7)? ( i mean if u could..but it will be amazing if u can)

            thanks πŸ™‚ and the title for book 6 sound interseting

          • Nope, don’t think they know each other in real life. And to answer your question, I think there are just going to be six books. But I will ALWAYS be writing, that’s for sure!

    • i allways pictured her diferntly too. same with all the other girls on the other covers of the books. except for the third with megan on it. she was pretty similar to what i had imagined.

    • That’s what Emma looks like Alaina.

      PS: I am a HUGE Cassidy fan 2! And an Emma fan and a Megan fan and a Becca fan and a Jess fan!

  8. OMG, i really want it to come out i am really anxious and i am bouncing off the walls excited for the book, cant wait! I know a author whose name happens to be heather also and i love her books too!, i hope both of you keep on with writing until death and heather, keep on with the mother daughter book club series and make like 5 more after the holiday one!!!!!!!

    • and by the way this should be converted into a movie series like the twilight saga instead it should be called the mother-daughter saga part I, part II, etc. etc

      • OMG! You guys are in luck because me and my friends are making a mother daughter book club movie! The first one should come out soon, so maybe I can send it to Heather and she can post on here for all you people 2 see! Hope u all luv it if u do get 2 see it! (I am playing Cassidy)


  9. or more! and heather you are so right. As much as I love The Lightninig theft the movie every time I wach it it makes me MAD! I will shout out every little detail in the movie thats not in the book or everything thats in the book but not the movie. Have you ever thought of making your books into movies? p.s. the books by rick riordan. Its really good! The website is he has wrote lits more books.

    • Yes! I know the Percy Jackson books — our family loves them. MDBC movie would be fun, wouldn’t it? Alas, it’s not something I have control over. Maybe Hollywood will discover my books one of these days… πŸ™‚

  10. THAT IS BRILLIANT BEYOND BRILLIANT! The cover looks amazing. You are so lucky to have that art department. note to self: get that book! Just wondering, when they take the photo shoot, do the models actually have books on their heads and then the words are photoshopped on, or do to the books with the words on them, or do they just have books photoshopped on? Please reconsider stopping after the 6th book!

    • Hmm. I’m not sure how it works, Sophia. I know photoshop is involved, but I’m not sure at what point in the process it happens. And your request is duly noted. πŸ˜‰

  11. Looks like I am not the only one who has adopted these characters into my mental family and can’t resist hearing about their next adventures. :o)

  12. OMG! I have been waiting for this book to come out!Still have to wait but I get to see the cover, at least! IT LOOKS TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!One of my favorite things is to figure out, i am really glad you told us cause i would never guess BECKA! Your visions are just like mine, then Megan, I thought she should look like Becka.

  13. Thank you heather! You are the BEST WRITER EVER!! Looking forward! Is there anyway we can get the book earlier than the publishing date?

  14. Thank you so much Heather for writing my favorite series ever,I can never put it down. Thank you for also putting so much life in your books.Im super excited for the new book to come out. The books you write are very similar to my life and if I were a character I would be mostly jess but in some way the others as well. Please keep writing these books, I love them so much.

  15. When the people pick out models for the covers do they ask you what you picture the character as before choosing the model?

  16. I am SO excited.Once i see the cover of the book and see how the person looks i kind of picture the person and stuff and i imagine the place where they are,i kind of,like…Create my own world sort of,like picture the bedroom or town with all the details it gives.That’s kind of dorky i know but i cant help it.It’s kind of hard to picture them grown up because you go through their life.
    Anyway,i find a lot of errors in the books i read sometimes.


  17. congrats heather in know its going to be a great book cant wait for october 4th post the first chapter soon πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

    • Wouldn’t that be fun, Rose? Alas, it’s not up to me — keep your fingers crossed that someone in Hollywood “discovers” it and wants to turn it into a film! πŸ™‚

  18. Ahhhh!!!!!!!! omg its awesome!!!! i can’t wait for it to come out!!!!!! which is when, by the way????? omg so excited!

  19. I can’t wait!!!!!!! I don’t think I will be able to wait until September, though! The cover rocks!

  20. I love the cover and can’t wait for the book to come out! I keep read-reading all the books until the 4th one comes out. This is my favorite series, and im soooooo excited! At this point do you know how many books there will be total?

  21. I love it books and i got my friends hooked on them! Heather u r so cool!!!!! U bring joy 2 my life with ur mazing books! I was sad when I thought u were going to end the mother daughter book club series. Now that I know ur going to wright more I am thrilled! I will forever love the mother daughter book club!!!!


  22. How many books r u going 2 wright? I think it almost tops Harry potter! This is my fave series ( I read a lot! It’s practically my life!) right now. Please wright quickly. My friend and I can’t seem to wait much longer for your fabulous books!


  23. Oh My GOSH!
    I cannot wait.
    I look forward to these books coming out. I get excited at the end of every book. Also, at the end I think “Is she going to write another one?”.
    That’s when I panic. Then I do some research and find this!
    Looks, brilliant, the book.
    I hope the Becca chapters are good. <3



    • wait what do u mean pre-ordered it u mean have already ordered it or you already got a copy of the book cus if u did i would scream πŸ˜‰

      • No you have it pre- ordered so when it comes out- you either have it on hold for you at a store, or you have it shiped to you and theres some other ways but thats all i know of! πŸ™‚

  26. That it soooooo cute!!!!!!!! I love it! I agree with Kaylyn, there should be a prom! I love your books! My friends and I have our own book club, and our reading your books!! We love them!!!! πŸ™‚

  27. WHY!!!!! Why will you bring a end to the amazing mother daughter book club? I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOOOOOOOOvVE the mother daughter book club!!!!!!!!!!

  28. I cannot wait for this book to come out! I loved the previous four, and am so excited to finally hear from Becca’s perspective!

    I also agree that there should be more than six books in this series. In the sixth book, you can finish off their sophomore year, as you have planned. Then, for book seven, it would be their junior year, and book eight would be senior year and graduation. Book nine for college would be cool too, as you would be able to see what’s it’s like for the five girls to be separated for the first time in a long time. But I don’t want to rush you or anything, so please don’t feel that you have to do as I say. I just think my ideas would be cool, that’s all. πŸ™‚

  29. Your books are amazing! I love them! I could read them all day long and then some! I love the way you rotate through all the girl’s heads, very clever! I’m sitting on the edge of my seat, waiting for October 4th! I’ll be first in line at the bookstores! Vos livres sont magnifiques! Ne jamais cesser d’Γ©crire!

    The MDBC books should never end! I would love to hear Cassidy’s thoughts when she gets a bit to old to play Hockey! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Haha! I’m think a future hockey/ skating coach like Emma’s skating teacher. But she will still bask in the glory of her hockey years and being the best player ever known!

  30. OMG! I love your books so much! they are my life! every time i am sad i read them and feel happy instantly. i am so excited to hear beccas pov! ive always wondered what her thoughts were. dont stop at 6! continue forever and ever until they die. do siman and tristan come back? do the pen pals and sam and owen? keep me posted. your biggest fan forever ( i promise ill never love another book the way i love this one)

  31. I read the summary of the book on Barnes and Nobles’ website and it makes the book sound so interesting which it probably is. I think that the idea of a “Holiday” book sounds really cool and is appropriate timing for when the book is coming out. Did you plan that out on purpose? Anyway, I love the cover of the book especially the snowflakes. Can’t wait to read the excerpt as soon as you post it!!!! πŸ™‚

  32. I just read the summary at the Barnes and noble website and its so exciting and sad please post the first chapter soon

  33. Hey!!! I <3 2 read!!! i read ur last 3 boox in less then 2 weeks! i <3 them & i hope u keep writing more! πŸ˜€ well 4 d 6th book, r u gonna put all the book club daughters to the cover or maybeb let savannah's POV & model. tht'd b cool. u have to have @least all of high school finished. πŸ˜€

    here's an idea- u shood put some fun on ur website. such as quizzes to help fans (like me) figure out which character they'r most like. mayb a pie game, fashion show, or other rel8d game 2 the books. 4 ur new book mayb a winter or holiday game. i like the quiz idea the best.

    i hope u like my idea & can persue it. Keep writing & open new doors for this almost 8th grader

    • I LOVE THAT IDEA! I <3 QUIZES LIKE THAT!!!!! also, just for the record i love your books!!!

  34. I always pictured becca with strait brown hair Emma with big curles jess with dirty blong hair megan exactly the same and cassy with long ratty red hair and blue eyes.

    • Really? I’ve pictured them as…

      Becca having shoulder-length blonde hair and bright blue eyes.
      Emma having shoulder-length brown hair and brown eyes (but I just can’t picture the curls).
      Jess having long, long blonde hair and blue eyes.
      Megan looking exactly like the girl on the cover of Dear Pen Pal.
      Cassidy having sort-of wavy red hair and gray eyes.
      I love when books have character descriptions, because it makes it easier to picture them in my head.

      • Idk why but I’ve always pictured everyone wayy different!
        Becca- curly dirty blond hair and big brown eyes
        Megan- straight dirtily blonde hair with American heritage… ( ik she is from chins but I just don’t picture her that way!)
        Emma- glasses and Long curly curly brown hair
        Cassidy- freckles pale skin and curly orange hair
        Savannah- straight long long long light brown hair with tan skin
        Jess- tan skin with long dark brown hair

        Why do I picture things so differently!?

        • You’re ALLOWED to picture them differently! That’s the beauty of books. They’re your characters as much as they are mine. πŸ™‚

    • Pranks? Would it be a mother-daughter book club story without pranks?! As for what the book is about … you’ll have to wait and see. πŸ™‚

  35. Please, Please, Please make a seventh book too!!! We have to have them go to prom and graduate and stuff!!! These are the best books ever!!! We love you heather!!

  36. Hey Heather! # ! fan Cassidy her! I sent you and email to:)Question:
    In the 5th one are the MDBC’s boyfriends be the same or will there be new characters that come around and surprise us???????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. i have the facial apperance of jess, but in personality I’m a cross with megan and cassidy.
    i LOVE the goat cheese prank in Dear Pen Pal!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. can u add some games and quizzes 2 the site
    (like “which daugter are you most like” including becca)

  39. It would be cool to have Savannah in the book club but it would be cooler if someone new moved to the neighborhood and went to Cassidy, Megan, Becca and Emma’s school. Or something like that. I can’t wait for the 5th book to come out…I <3 the MDBC books!!! πŸ™‚

  40. Hi again! I love your books ! Sent u a email! Please read I am asking u to please please please please please please read it! I am hipster and I will love your books 4-ever!

  41. MDBC means the Mother Daughter Book Club. I can not wait for book #5!!!! I really hope that Cassidy doesn’t move back to California, I have a suspicous feeling about that……. check out the book review off Barnes and Nobles.

  42. What book is the book club reading? I’ve been trying to figure out what book it is and I couldn’t think of anything!! πŸ™‚

    • In the 5th book they’ll be reading Maud Hart Lovelace’s “Betsy-Tacy” books (there are ten of them)!

        • They’re going to focus on the books that take place during high school, Alaina. Especially “Heaven to Betsy.” πŸ™‚

  43. Will Cassidy ever have a boyfriend or will she stay single fo the rest of the series? Who’s family is gonna have something crazy happen? What’s the story about? I have lot of questions:)

  44. Heather,

    Who is your favorite book club girl? Mine is Jess and Emma and Megan and Cassidy and–never mind, my favorite is all of them! πŸ˜€

    BTW i LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the MDBC!!!! I am in one too!!

  45. Heather! guess what i’m now a published author tooo!!!! i entered an online poetry contest for extra credit for my english class and mine got picked!!! i am 1 of 10 people in the whole entire USA for grades 7-9!!! plus my teacher said if ours got picked he would give up lots more ex credit!!! which is super good becuz he class is so hard! my poem will be in the book A Celebration of Poets and my poem is called “Me and Only Me”! i’m so happy becuz now when i’m older and write novels and childeren books when an editor asks me if i’ve been published already before i can say yes! i’m so happy it feels so good to be noticed for your hard work! when were u 1st publish Heather?

    • CONGRATULATIONS, Samantha! That’s fabulous — woohoo to you! You’re absolutely right, it does feel great to be noticed for your hard work! And to answer your question, I had a poem published in a newspaper when I was in 4th grade. πŸ™‚

  46. Hullo! I sent u an email! It is super important and is written in all capitals. Are you done the 5 book?


    • YES! Finishing up the final “copy edits” today, then off it goes to become a real live book! πŸ™‚

      • are u still writing book 6??? or u just starting? i think u should keep the title “From Paris With Love” πŸ™‚ *(my opinion.haha)

  47. Love your books 4-ever! When’s it coming out? I got a gift card I want to buy it with. Got any recamonded books 4 me?


    • It’s coming out on October 4th. As for recommended books, wow, where to start. Have you read “The Wednesday Wars”? I just read it last week and LOVED IT!!!!

  48. Can you give is one little fact about the book, Heather? To hold us over until the first chapter comes out?

    • Let’s see, one little fact. Two of the characters go on a Christmas cruise…

      • Thank you! Now I’m wondering what two characters… Boyfriend and girlfriend or friend and friend. I wonder… Thanks again.

      • I read the summary from the Barnes and Nobles website and it said it was Becca and Megan who go on the cruise….I really want to read the 1st chapter of MDBC Book 5!!! πŸ™‚

  49. Plz tell me when this book is comming out i will totally get it with my bday money i thought u were dont at first πŸ™‚ plz reply

  50. I love the mother-daughter book club series. I just finished the fourth book, Pies&Prejudice.

    It was so awesome! I can’t wait to read the fifth one!!!!


  51. Me, my mom and my sister are SO very excited for this book to come out! Can’t believe it’s about Becca Chadwick – In my imagination I thought she had brown/black hair. Your book collection is on my Birthday Book List!

  52. I love the way you add little touches to the book, Heather. For example, the girls on the cover. I also love the different font used for each girls name and the little drawings you put on both sides. I am wondering what Becca’s writing and drawing will be. I can see the writing in cursive, but I can’t think of good icon.

  53. When are you going to post the first chapter i just cant wait!! i hope its soon πŸ™‚

  54. Hi! I love love love love your books! My friend Chippy told me about them and now I am addicted! I want to be an author just like you. You are a great insperition! Sorry my spelling is not great. Please email back. I am your biggest fan!!!!!

  55. I play hockey with the boys just like Cassidy. I love designing. And really want to be an author like Emma. As for Jess… Well animals are cool and I get good grades. I also go gaga over guys. Becca much.

  56. Hello chipster here agian! This is from my computer so ny picti=ure is diffrent i think but its still me! Chipster who loves your books! I am your #1 fan! Not Jenna here. She is my friend from school the one who is hooked and desperate for new books! I am desperate for your books to. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVELOVE LOVE you books! WAY MORE THAN JENNA! am your biggest fan!Never will stop reading and i go BANNAS for your books!

    ~Chipster Your biggest forever fan

  57. How often do you go on the blog… It must be a lot of work replying to everyone. By the way do you have girls pose for the cover or are they computer done? Will there be new characters in thenext book what will happen to Cassidy and Tristan? Oh my gosh Darcy is soooo amazing how do you create such real character help me out! Answer my questions PLEASE.

    Your biggest fan Jenna! ^_^

    • Hi Jenna – I try and check in a couple of times a week on my blog. Wish it could be more often, but I have heaps of work with writing, running a household, travel to schools and libraries, etc. As for the girls on the cover, my publisher’s art department arranges for photo shoots with real models, and then turns their photos into the scrumptious covers. Will there be new characters in the next book? Yes. What will happen to Cassidy and Tristan? You’ll have to wait and see… πŸ™‚

  58. Hi i am at school and i am not supossed to be doing this but i am! just like cassidy in someways i guess! Hee Hee Hee! I love “your girls”! What are the Betsy Tacy books about? I loved the last few MDCB! I just know i’ll LOVE the next two! After the series are done what do you think you will wright about next? I don’t think anything else you wright can top this! Ever consider making the series itno a movie!

    • Hi there — the Betsy-Tacy books take place in a small town in Minnesota at the turn of the last century. There are 10 of them, and they follow Betsy and Tacy and their friends from the time they’re five up until the last book, “Betsy’s Wedding.” They’re REALLY fun — track them down, OK? What will I write about next? A funny fantasy called ONCE UPON A TOAD (coming Spring 2012). After that, well, let’s just say I have loads of stories up my sleeve …

  59. Hi Heather! Oh mu gosh! I am sooo excited. My family and our friends go on a shopping trip every year right outside of Boston. (I live in Eastern Canada) And so, this time we mighbt get to go to Concord for like an afternoon!!!! I really want to see Louisa May Alcotts house! It would be so cool just to like be there! (Even though the book club girls aren’t) πŸ™‚ I am sooooo excited!!!!!

    • Oh Sarah, you HAVE to go to Concord! Go to Orchard House, Walden Pond, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (there really is an “author’s ridge”), and then Kimball’s Farm for ice cream! Or the Colonial Inn for a fancy tea. You’ll have a BLAST! πŸ™‚

      • i totally want to go it sounds like a lot of fun i would have to look for the places in the books!!! πŸ™‚

      • I’m going 2 Concord w/ my family this summer! I have already mapped out a plan 4 our trip. First, we’re going to Orchard House. Then to Sleepy Hollow, then to Kimball Farm and then to Walden Pond! Wish me a fun trip!

        • You will have a FABULOUS trip! you’ll have to stop by the blog again and tell us all about it! πŸ™‚

  60. Me too!!!! I love your books! I actually read the second book first ( I didn’t know that it was in series) than I read the first then the third and than I read the fourth one. I feel like I’m more like Emma than anyone else!
    I do like sports like Cassidy, I do like baby animals, love reading!

  61. Hello! After book six do they go to college? I’m thinking Cassidy go’s to play for the bruins. I’m Canadian so I don’t know much about them. How bout making a movie of the series? Send it to a few directors or something and wait and see. What if Megan started a sport? That would be AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

    • FASHION IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YYYAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!u get my point

  62. Hi I am back! I was wondering where you get your ideas from. It’s such a crazy amazing plot and each of the characters are so unique!(My symbal might be different I am on a different computer.)

    • Hi Jenna — if you check under “FAQ” (Frequently Asked Questions” on my website, you’ll find the answer to where I get my ideas! πŸ™‚

  63. i read little women, ann of green gables, daddy long legs, and pride and prejudice b/c of ur books
    guess what heather!
    i sprained my wrist
    im going to the doctor 2morow but im rlly upset b/c im having a big party in 3 weeks for my 12th birthday and my wrist might not be bttr in time!plus i have a ton of finals!
    plz post the 1st chapter so i can have s/t 2 be happy about

    • Oh this makes me insanely happy! Not that you sprained your wrist — πŸ™ — but that you read all those beautiful books. My plan to take over the reading world is working, bwa-ha-ha…

      I hope your wrist gets better fast! First chapter coming soon, I promise!

      • Somthing happened to me like that except i broke my finger and the docter said no movment for a month. How can i finish reading! My mom is flipping the pages for me but any ides when she’s gone on a trip so i dont have to stop reading!!!

        • Hmmm. Can you use your other hand to turn pages? Or maybe your nose (OK, kidding!). Do you have a little sister or brother you could bribe to do it for you? Anybody else have ideas for her?

      • I started my own book club and we are reading Daddy-long -legs,and then we will watch the movie!

        • Ew, Correy, warning — the movie is TERRIBLE! I’d say skip it and just read the book. πŸ™‚

  64. Oh really? I can’t wait!!!!! I’m so eager to get my hands on the book!!!!!!!! Is there going to be a seventh book? Maybe Savannah can have a chapter????? Or the Wyoming pen pals???

  65. Can u recommend more books, Heather? I put a hold on Wednesday Wars( the book u recommended to someone else.)

  66. I love the mother daughter book club books so much! It makes me feel like I just made 5 new friends whenever i read them! Sometimes i wish i could talk to them about what is going on in their life!

    ~Your biggest #1 fan that is WAY bigger than Anyone including Jenna Chipster:) πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ :):)

  67. Sadly last Wednesday a day just like Emmas from the MDBC when she has a terrible day and nothing go’s right!UGGGGGG! It was my first all bad day and hopefully the last!!!!! Love u Heather and ggod night! It is like 10 here in Calgay! Yeah i know what your thinking like the north pole and its so BRRRR! Well it is pretty cold! Its a whopping 6 degrees ceclius! Night!Here is the version where i dont make it soud so crazy!

  68. I never really pictured Becca as a blonde. I thought of as a burnet with long wavey hair. She and Stuart are so different! ~~~~~~~~~~~~lol~~~~~~~~~~~

    • Jenna—-
      It says in book 3 that Becca’s a blonde. It’s after Cassidy’s hockey game and they just lost. Zach follows her to the locker rooms after the game, trying to comfort her. Ashley and Becca are still in the bleachers and flirting with Zach. It says “Becca’s long blonde hair hung down past the first rail” or something along the lines of that sentence. Anyway, I always pictured Becca with brown hair too. But, I picture it straight. I picture Stewart to have blonde hair. Mrs. Chadwick has brown hair, it says that in book 3 as well. It never tells what color hair Mr. Chadwick or Stewart have. Maybe it’ll tell in book 5! So excited she made a 5th book!

  69. I always pictured Becca with long, brown, hair. I never thought of her as a blonde… lol. I love Cassidy, she’s my favourite! πŸ™‚

  70. hey wheres the first chapter june is in afew days and you promised it would be up before the end of may πŸ™

  71. Hey Heather luvvvvvv your books! Darcy and Jess make the best couple! Are they gonna kiss in the fifth book? Pleeze tell me!!!!!!……….

  72. I was also wondering who gets hurt in the disartrous sledding accident in the fifth one that causes jess and emma to change their holiday plans?

    • Now that’s one answer you’ll have to wait for — can’t give all the secrets away! πŸ™‚

  73. i always pictured becca as a blond but relly skinny and looking just like courtney and mrs. sloane

    • I always thought she would have brown hair and blue eyes, and for some reson… really short. ????

  74. I have an idea!! Before the 5th book comes out, we should have a MDBC marathon reading summer!! We could read all the 4 books over the summer for the awaiting of the new book coming out! What do you think? πŸ™‚

  75. What jenna? U confuse me. And i don’t think the cover is made out of tinfoil……. LOL!

  76. OMG!!!!! I LOVE UR BOOKS! PLEEZ NEVER END THE MBCD!!!!!!!!!! PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

  77. heather, u said that the first chapter would come out allready. please hurry i am going to explode

  78. well heather i am sitting by my computer wearing a gown b/c in about 2 hours i will be making a grand entrance to my 12th birthday bash! wish me luck

    btw i just read the 1st chapter of home 4 the holidays and im in luv!!!!!!!!!!

  79. Will Tristan and Simon ever come back in? And does the book focus on the holiday season the entire time? And please don’t make Cassidy any girlier… she gets more and more so each book. I loved her the most in sixth grade. πŸ˜€ She’s epic!!

    • Tristan and Simon will be mentioned but won’t reappear in person until the sixth book. HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS spans Thanksgiving, Christmas, a smidgen of Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve. And don’t worry about Cassidy — she’s still epic! πŸ™‚

      • I TOTALLY AGREE! I am sooooo much like Cassidy and her spunky self. She is my FAVOURITE book club girl. Someday when I have my own little girl her name will be Cassidy. Thank You heather for making her up!!! I LOVE CASSIDY! πŸ˜€

    • yeah though i have to say my fav Casssidy moment was when Zach kissed her. I am soo like Cassidy (in ways beside the name), frankly i would of done the same thing!

  80. Heather,
    What is this contest for free books all about? I am very confused, but would like to get in on it? Can you explain please?

    • It’s not happening yet — probably in September or early October — I’ll be posting some sort of a giveaway (random drawing; contest; not sure which yet) for the new book. So stay tuned, OK? πŸ™‚

  81. @Sarah: I <3333 Cassidy. Totally my favorite. I might name my kid cassidy one day too… :DDD

    Heather; I just love how you make your characters so real. I swear I thought I would run into them in Concord if I went there. They're so alive!! How do you do it? xD It's what keeps me hooked.

    Also, is Colonial Academy, Walden Middle School, and Alcott High really there?

    That would be epic. πŸ˜€

    • Well, Colonial Academy is VERY LOOSELY based on Concord Academy, a lovely private school in downtown Concord. I actually attended Peabody Middle School, which I renamed Walden, and Concord-Carlisle High, which I renamed Alcott High. And actually, I attended Alcott Elementary, which I renamed Emerson! There are a lot of other things in the books that are real, though, including Kimball’s Farm (best ice cream ever), Walden Pond, Orchard House, the Old North Bridge, and even the toy shop and hardware store. πŸ™‚

        • It isn’t, Zoe. I made it up. It’s a place that I really, really wish existed, though. And as for the smelly cheese – I LOVE smelly cheese! πŸ™‚

  82. Oh, and in the excerpt, Cassidy called Kevin “Boy Genius” but in a few books ago it was “Boy Wizard”. Also… I thought Ashley and Third had a thing going on? And didn’t he play the drums, too? πŸ˜› He’s a talented kid.

    • Well, Cassidy and the other girls have SEVERAL names for Kevin — he deserves more than one, don’t you think?! πŸ™‚ As for Ashley and Third, boys tend to be a bit fickle (great word, look it up) in middle school and high school…

  83. lol,i had this really funny dream! me and my friend mary were chasing darcy around our local pool saying “do you like jess?” he swam away without answering (he was blushing!). so we went to the waterslides and told jess the news (did she magically appear?!). she blushed and ran up the stairs. then i woke up and was very sad i didn’t find out what happend next.

    • They’ll be reading JANE EYRE in the sixth book. Revvvv your engines, girls, and get ready to read! (Betsy-Tacy first, though.) πŸ™‚

  84. I just read the first chapter of Home For the Holidays!!!! You are a genius, Heather!!! So good!!! I am definitely pre-ordering that.

  85. i’ve read the sneak peek and omg. <3
    i love how tristan was called a T.D.S. cassidy and him were the cutest– how she's so outgoing and spoken, while he's kind of blunt and loner-like. xD;

    I read every book twice and i love every single one…but i hope there is a sixth book and maybe a seventh…but having a prom is a really good idea. You cant go through high school with out having prom. I am the biggest mother daughter book club books fan…ever…and i really hope you can write another one.

    • When you read becca’s chapter she doesn’t seem like such a bad person anymore…but in everyone else’s chapter she does…but thats just my opinion

    • that cant be true!!!
      i am the #1 FAN!!!
      but we both can be!
      and i agree about the prom thing, they should also have a high school grauation, don’t you think?
      will time to shut down… going off to read Dear Pen Pal!

  87. hi!
    do you think there may be any plans in the future to do a movie that combines all the sixth books into one?

    • Would be fun, wouldn’t it? Not something I have control over, though. Perhaps someone in Hollywood will read the books and think they’d make a good movie. Fingers crossed!

  88. Heather: I think it would be cool if someone made a Mother-Daughter Book Club movie using the models on the covers. Also, I am heartbroken that you will not be writing a seventh book….
    You are my all-time favorite author EVER!!!!!

  89. Cassidy and Tristan forever!!!!! I agree I don`t think Becca is a bad person either but she used to be so horrid! I just finished Wish you were Eyre and I loved it! Sorry you are my favorite author but I wish you hadn`t married off [spoiler removed] though. Also I hope Simon and Tristan stay in concord or move there! I hope there is a movie too!

  90. I adore Heather Vogel she is a fabulous author who writes extremely amazing books which of course deserve a movie to go with this fabulous work. Keep it up Heather, Your #1 Fan Isra

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