Lily, Poppy, and Rose Christner, known as the Honeybee Schwesters in their Amish community, are smart, inseparable, and all grown up. Orphaned when they were very young, the girls were raised by their eccentric Aunt Bitsy, who doesn’t behave like a proper Amish spinster. The Honeybee Sisters have blossomed into rare beauties, and the boys in the 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.


Don’t miss the three books in the Honeybee Sisters series: Sweet as Honey, A Bee in her Bonnet, and Like a Bee to Honey. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wonder what Aunt Bitsy will do next, and you’ll fall in love! You can read more about this new series on my books page.

I was recently a guest on the Amygdala podcast and we had so much fun! Take a listen:

I hope you’ve been enjoying my blog! 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, my dad. Enjoy!

The glory of life is to love, not to be loved; to give, not to get; to serve, not to be served. Amish Proverb



I love Christmas. I love the decorations and the lights. I love being with family and eating good food and singing Christmas carols. But every year around this time, my chest gets tight and I start to panic about all the things that need to be done before Christmas. December is such a busy month that the busy-ness often overshadows the joy of the season. I always wish it could be different, but I seldom figure out a way to make it that way. Read More!

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