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    "Oh my, oh my! Jennifer Beckstrand is now on the top of my favorite Amish authors list. Five stars is not enough. I give it ten stars. I must warn you, you will NOT put it down until the last page." - Themarybookreader.blogspot.com


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BeckstrandsDon’t you just love springtime! Every time I walk outside, a cacophony of new life greets me. I can almost hear the crocuses poke their heads out of the winter-packed soil, hoping for enough warmth to spread their leaves to the sky. Birds make a racket building nests in the budding trees, popcorn is popping on every apricot tree, and the icy wind calls its goodbye as it blows away in search of cooler weather.

Cooper 1At the recent passing of my beloved agent, Mary Sue Seymour, I am heartened by the thought that the Son of God died that she and all of us might live again. That is the promise of spring, the hope of mankind in a winter-weary world.

IMG9532641I recently launched my new blog, and you are going to love it! It features quilt patterns and instructions from my sister Allison Sharp, delicious, down-home recipes from the Honeybee sisters, with a little help from my daughter Nicole Thorpe, advice for the lovelorn from Anna and Felty Helmuth, and farming advice from longtime, part-time farmer Richard Gappmayer. Enjoy!

sweetashoneySpring promises new life, new hope, and new love. I am getting very excited for my next series, The Honeybee Sisters, coming June 2016. Lily, Poppy, and Rose Christner, known as the Honeybee Schwesters in their Amish community, are all grown up. Orphaned when they were very young, the girls were raised by the eccentric Aunt Bitsy, who doesn’t behave like a proper Amish spinster. The Honeybee Sisters have blossomed into rare beauties, and the boys in their community have begun to take notice. But Aunt Bitsy is determined to scare off all comers with her brusque manner and her handy shotgun. None but the most worthy will make it past Bitsy’s defenses. It’s going to be a rowdy and romantic summer—harvesting honey from their many beehives and fighting off the boys right and left.

“If God sees the sparrow fall, paints the lily short and tall, gives the sky its azure hue, surely then He cares for you.” Amish proverb.

Happy Spring!


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Table Runners Show and Tell

I have an announcement this week before I show you beautiful quilts (and a few flowers). Jennifer and I have decided that The Quilting Bee posts on Jennifer’s blog will become once-a-month events, just like the other topics that Jennifer includes in her blogs. My new posts will be shorter, less detailed, but full of beautiful photos of quilts. For the in-depth quilt instructions that so many of you love, I will be starting a new Quilting Bee blog in a few months. Read More….

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