One thing I know about all of us is that we at one time had a mother, even if we never met her. Just thinking about mothers makes me want to write about them. In my Legacy of Lancaster County Trilogy, Holly’s mother was a significant character. In A Letter from Lancaster County, sisters Rose and Angela’s mother had died and yet she still played an important role in the story. Eva’s mother plays an active role in Starting from Scratch. As does Jake’s mother.

Don’t wait until the last minute should you want to buy a card!

Don’t wait until the last minute should you want to buy a card!

I had a fabulous mother and grew up wanting to be just like her … In most ways. She was a proficient sculptor and a bonsai fanatic, and a fabulous chef. We got along famously. As an adult, I’m glad I visited her almost daily. She died much too young. Not fair! I don’t miss her more on Mother’s Day than during the rest of the year. I feel her absence daily in my heart, as I assume it may be for many whose mother has passed. This can be a bittersweet holiday, especially for childless women. Or women who have outlived their children, as several of my friends have.

Is there any mother who doesn’t appreciate flowers on Mother’s Day?

Is there any mother who doesn’t appreciate flowers on Mother’s Day?

Fellow-author Kathleen Kohler has a dozen articles in Chicken Soup for the Soul books!

Fellow-author Kathleen Kohler has a dozen articles in Chicken Soup for the Soul books!

Since my mother was such a terrific cook, I decided to center this giveaway around the kitchen, the way my upcoming book comprised of three novellas does. Although An Amish Christmas Kitchen: Three Novellas Celebrating the Warmth of the Season is available for preorder, I don’t have a copy in hand yet to include in my giveaway.

Enter for a chance to win this darling Amish-made apron.

Enter for a chance to win this darling Amish-made apron.

Please enter to win this darling Amish-made apron from Lancaster County and a copy of one of my signed books. Either Starting from Scratch, A Letter from Lancaster County; or one of 3 books from The Legacy of Lancaster County TrilogyLeaving Lancaster, its sequel, Pennsylvania Patchwork, Forever Amish; or A Portrait of Marguerite. US and Canada only. Winner has 3 days to respond.