Lilac Girls, Lost Roses, Sunflower Sisters

The Animals of Lilac Girls, Lost Roses and Sunflower Sisters, the Best Part

The animals, clockwise from upper left: Psina the pet chicken from Lilac Girls, Felka, Nadia’s dog from Lilac Girls, Jarushka from Lost Roses, Tum-Tum, Agnella’s Russian toy dog from Lost Roses, Saint Joan from Sunflower Sisters and Pico, the Woolsey’s mixed breed dog from Sunflower Sisters.

A lovely silver lining to the COVID cloud has been the huge numbers of pet adoptions from shelters. This just underscores what so many of us already know, that animals are the best parts of our lives. So I thought I’d round up all the animals from my three novels (or at least the photographic inspiration for them) and put them all on one page. Saint Joan the Siamese cat and Pico (real dog who belonged to Caroline Ferriday’s great grandmother) are from novel number three, to come next spring, Sunflower Sisters. Hope you enjoy hanging out with these lovely pets as much as I have while writing about them. They’re sweethearts, all.

P.S. Do you have a favorite literary animal? Leave it in the comments…

Lilac Girls, Lost Roses

Lovely Lost Photos of Caroline Ferriday Found

I never tire of finding new photos of Caroline Ferriday, especially those taken in her teens and early twenties as these are. Caroline’s mother Eliza photographed her so much, perhaps because she was an actress and needed professional photos taken for headshots. Perhaps because she was so lovely and photogenic. And let’s face it, an only child seems to just have more photos taken of them. These were taken early in her career as a Broadway actress, with so many adventures ahead of her. Can’t wait to share Lost Roses in just nine days–which shows Caroline’s younger life. She was such an extraordinary adult, but a wonderful young person as well.

Lilac Girls

Just added China and Germany–Thirty Foreign Editions for Lilac Girls.

It has been so moving to see the foreign editions of Lilac Girls arrive at my door. Some use the original cover art, some change the title (love France’s Lilacs only Bloom After a Harsh Winter title) and some reinterpret the art in their own way. (Russia in lower right is the latest.) Was especially excited to hear Lilac Girls went to #1 in Norway. So exciting. Can’t wait to see Israel, China and Germany soon!

Lilac Girls

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:

holiday postcard

Lilac Girls

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!