Like to Give a Signed Copy of Lilac Girls for the Holidays, Inscribed to Someone Special? Just call Hickory Stick Books.


When I moved to Litchfield County a year ago I was thrilled to be just a short drive away from the wonderful Hickory Stick Bookshop. So this holiday if you’d like a signed Lilac Girls copy, with a personal inscription to someone special, just give Hickory Stick a call or email and next weekend, December 15th I will sign it and add your personal message. They can gift wrap it and ship to you or directly to the recipient. (I have 30 of the Lilac Girls holiday postcards, below, and can add one with a message, as well.) They have amazing children’s books, too. (Tallulah’s Ice Skates, below, ages 4-7, is such a great book and makes a lovely gift.) Super easy way to make someone happy this holiday!

Hickory Stick phone:  860-868-0525    Or email:

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A Fabulous New Discovery at The Bellamy-Ferriday House Polish Christmas

The Polish Christmas event at The Bellamy-Ferriday House in Bethlehem, CT.   yesterday was so much fun. The incredible staff decorated Caroline Ferriday’s house so beautifully and to my surprise, this year’s theme was roses in honor of Lost Roses, the Lilac Girls prequel arriving this spring. Fresh roses were everywhere in the house, very welcome in a Connecticut winter, and I got to meet so many unbelievably wonderful Lilac Girls fans (even Caroline’s former hairdresser.) I loved meeting everyone, including a teacher with her brilliant students who showed me her copy of Lilac Girls, complete with a million Post-its and the Ott family, all the way from New Jersey, who created a multi-generational family book group to read Lilac Girls. I was delighted to find the house staff has opened a new exhibit on the tour, a rose room, where Caroline’s collection of rose books is displayed with great care. But the biggest surprise of the day came when tour guide Gary Cicognani told me he and site administrator Peg Shimer had opened a hidden drawer in one the desks at the house and discovered a photo of Caroline and her mother Eliza.

Isn’t it exquisite? Finding any new photos of Caroline or her family is so exciting for everyone at Connecticut Landmarks, but this one is especially moving, having just finished a book, which focuses on Caroline and her Mother’s strong bond and to top it all, Eliza is wearing roses in the photo. The house will close soon, the house and garden spending the winter months under a blanket of snow, but will open in the spring to welcome Lost Roses with a Random House launch event. Can’t wait for April!

Beautiful Images the Spanish Lilac Girls Publisher Made for Kasia, Herta and Caroline

I’ve enjoyed working with Spanish publisher Ediciones Maeva on their new edition of Lilac Girls, (above–such a lovely cover) since their marketing is so clever and original. Just had to share these images below, which they created for each character. Love how they used a different symbol in each name.

Heading to Spain in February to meet Spanish Lilac Girls readers and can’t wait!

Christmas Comes Early This Year at The Bellamy-Ferriday House

My friend Lee Reese recently gave me a 1996 copy of Colonial Homes with a wonderful article about Caroline Ferriday’s home, complete with fantastic photos of the home’s interiors. As we get ready to celebrate a fun event, A Polish Christmas at The Bellamy-Ferriday House December 1st, I thought it would be nice to share some of the pictures from the article. Those of you who’ve visited the house in spring know how lovely it looks, but it takes on a magical, festive feeling when dressed for the holidays. Enjoy the photos (I especially love the shots of Caroline’s purple transfer ware and of the roses on Caroline’s rose books, a precursor of Lost Roses) and hope to see you there for a Polish Christmas. You can find tickets here:

Found Some Charming Lilac Girls-themed Jewelry

At a recent Bellamy-Ferriday House event for Lilac Girls a small group of entrepreneurs gathered to offer their goods and I came across Nan Siegmund’s handmade jewelry. She bills her offerings as “whimsical hand-fashioned jewelry and other great finds” and I thought you’d enjoy seeing her Lilac Girls-inspired pieces. I have the red thread necklace, below, and love it.

She offers a silver necklace with a tiny spool of red thread, charm bracelets with Caroline’s pig and some other book related items.

You can contact Nan at her email: or call 917-701-1194.