Fan Mail Friday

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?  Summer sped by in a blur, and here it is September, and the beginning of my favorite time of year. I love fall. I love the way the air feels, when there’s that tiny bit of a chill at night letting you know autumn is on the way. I love the sound of crickets, and the first yellow school bus sighting, and the sidewalks and stores crowded with excited kids carrying new backpacks bristling with new school supplies. I love knowing it’s almost time to go apple picking, and drink cocoa, and go hiking in hills and forests dressed in their bright autumn finery, and pull out sweaters and boots that have been languishing in the back of my closet, waiting for cooler days.

Speaking of cooler days, one of you sent me the most AMAZING present that will not only come in handy this winter, and will also have a special place in my heart forever.


It’s a mother-daughter book club scarf!

Emma, it’s absolutely GORGEOUS and I absolutely ADORE it! I hope you all can see how awesome this is — try clicking on the picture and see if it expands. Emma carefully chose yarn colors to match each of the first six books — there are shades of pink for The Mother-Daughter Book Club, blues and greens for Much Ado About Anne, lavenders and blues and yellows for Dear Pen Pal, peachy pinks for Pies & Prejudice, red white and green (of course) for Home for the Holidays, and blue and white and red for Wish You Were Eyre.

It’s perfect.

Emma is from Canada, and she’s off to university this fall. She wrote me a letter to go along with the scarf, a letter that made me cry (happy tears), telling me about how she discovered the series when she was 11, and grew up with my fictional book club girls. “Thank you for giving me friends for a lifetime,” she said in part.

Thank you, Emma, for being such an amazing friend, and for your incredibly thoughtful gift. I will treasure it!

(P.S.  I hope you have a BLAST at university!)