Hospitality still reigns at Orchard House (plus a big surprise announcement!)

The Christmas season has officially begun at Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House!  "A Country Christmas" begins this weekend, December 5th/6th and continues the following two weekends. Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for reservations. Last night the staff held an open house for members of Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House. This meant we could walk in the front …

“Warmth and wisdom here for everyone who opens it”–Review of River of Grace by Gabrielle Donnelly

Gabrielle Donnelly, author of The Little Women Letters, was kind enough to review an advance copy of my River of Grace: You don't have to be Catholic to love this book.  There is warmth and wisdom here for everyone who opens it, whether they are questioning their spiritual faith, struggling with personal loss,  attempting to …

Book Review: River of Grace from In the Bookcase blog

I received a comprehensive and beautiful review of River of Grace from our friend Tarissa of the In the Bookcase blog (she's the one who did the Louisa May Alcott reading challenge with us over the summer). Here's a taste of it: Susan Bailey is an accomplished researcher of all things pertaining to American author …

Life restored after a season of loss: “River of Grace: Creative Passages Through Difficult Times” in word and song

This past Wednesday was a BIG day. This arrived in the mail ... But that was not all. I also got the final mix of my soundtrack CD for River of Grace from the producer. And I have to say he really outdid himself. I sent him a text back with 7 hearts - one …

It’s here! A folk art rendition of The Wayside (aka Hillside), home of the real-life little women

You may recall a series of posts on the progress of a folk art painting by Joyce Pyka of The Wayside. It is now complete and ready for the wall of your living room, writing room or bedroom. The prints for this painting are reasonably priced at $18.40 and measure 24 x 20; department stores …

Announcing a musical soundtrack to my upcoming book, “River of Grace”!

I’m getting pretty excited; the launch date for River of Grace is a mere 7 weeks away! (It's available now for pre-order on Amazon at a reduced price.) But there’s something else in the works too. Imagine that you are reading River of Grace and you find it really speaks to you. Now imagine that …

Louisa May Alcott as grief counselor (on the fifth anniversary of this blog)

My obsession with Louisa played out in a rather odd way. Never a big reader until a few years ago, I’d find myself reading a biographical account of Louisa’s life (rather than read her own words) every few years. This began after reading Martha Saxton’s biography. After the reading (usually done during the autumn months) …

Why are you obsessed with Louisa? Why am I?

I pondered that question during the two years spent writing my book, River of Grace. Because Louisa was an important part of this book, I had to figure out first, why I was obsessed with her, and second, how she has acted as my grief counselor, and as a result, guiding me back into my …

If it’s summer it must be Alcott! Join the annual reading challenge hosted by “In the Bookcase” and “Louisa May Alcott is My Passion”

Summertime and Louisa May Alcott--the two go hand-in-hand for me. Life slows down, opening up space for much-needed reading. And the annual Summer Conversational Series begins next month at Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House (click here for details and to register). What better way to kick of a Louisa May Alcott summer than to participate …

Announcing my first book, “River of Grace,” to be published this Fall!

I am pleased to announce that my very first book, River of Grace: Creative Passages Through Difficult Times will be released this Fall, published by Ave Maria Press! You can pre-order it now on Amazon.com. A memoir with life application River of Grace is a faith-based memoir (written from my Roman Catholic tradition) with life …