Reader Mail with a Little This and That

Seems to me it’s time to answer a few of the questions I’ve received in my email in recent weeks. Everyone gets personal responses, of course–and yes, that’s really me answering them–but some of the answers might interest the rest of you, too.

1–I just read One Mountain Away, and I loved the book, but did it really have to end that way?  It was so sad.

I understand this response completely, because it’s always hard to let go of a character we’ve grown fond of.  But there are all kinds of happy endings.  To me, the happiest is when the character is able to achieve everything she most desires.  And I think Charlotte does.  Plus she leaves an important legacy, which the other books in the series will explore.  And I promise, Charlotte’s an important part of everything to come.

2–I’ve just read Prospect Street for the second time and I’m hoping there’s a sequel.  Is there?

I’ve always thought that Hope, Faith’s sister (and no, there IS no Charity in the story) needed her own book.  But the opportunity slipped by as other books emerged.  At this point, I think Prospect Street will remain a stand-alone novel.  But I’ve been wrong before.

3–Did I miss the promised sixth novel in the Shenandoah Album series?  And why can’t I get these books any way except as ebooks now?

You didn’t miss Summer Winds because I’ve yet to write it.  But I plan to write it, and promise you’ll know when I do.  How it will be published is up in the air but I do have WONDERFUL  news about the series.  My publisher will be reissuing Wedding Ring, Endless Chain and Lover’s Knot in trade paperback editions with brand new covers next spring!  I just discovered this and I am so excited.  And who knows what will happen if the reissues do well?  Stay tuned for more news on that front as it happens.

4–You’ve mentioned moving in your blogs and on your Facebook Page.  Where are you now?

We are smack in the middle of Indecision, Anyplace.  Since our summer cottage is BADLY in need of renovation, that will start soon and we’re trying to figure out when we’ll be needed here for decisions and when we can start our trek south to find a permanent home.  Since so much’s going to be done to the house, I’ve decided to bore you with before and after photos, my own HGTV style special, here on my blog.  Watch for that soon because I may be asking for advice.  I think I’ll need it.  Right now we’re clearing out all the rooms so the workers can get in.  The neighborhood loves us.  The stuff we can’t use disappears the moment we put it on the curb.  Since some of it came from other people’s curbs, I’m delighted.  The best kind of recycling.

Want a question answered here?  Just let Emilie know.  You can email through her website or you can ask your questions under comments here at the blog.


  1. Rosemary Geisler on September 4, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Summer Winds sounds great! You are a busy lady, and busy people get the most done. So I am waiting for this book to come out soon. As long as you keep writing, I’ll keep reading!

  2. Pam Feinberg on September 4, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I too am excited about Summer Winds coming out. I absolutely loved the Shenandoah Album series and looking forward to more. In the meantime, I’ll continue reading more of your other books. Happy reading!

  3. Debbie Hearne on September 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Wish I were sitting by your curb in my pickup truck!

  4. Carole Bourassa on September 4, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Just finished ” One Mountain Away ” I just loved it!! I didn’t want to finish reading the book ( I put it down for a day) as I didn’t want to leave all your wonderful characters. It was a wonderful story. Will you continue it?
    I have read ALL your books.. keep writing!!

    • Emilie Richards on September 4, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      The second book in the series comes out next summer. So glad yu enjoyed number one.

  5. Nadine Tatum on September 4, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Emilie, I am so pleased to hear the news about the new Shenandoah Album novel and the reissue of the series. I have really enjoyed these books which are so well-written, engaging, and uplifting. I was very fortunate to receive a signed copy of “Endless Chain” in one of your contests a while back and it is one of my cherished possessions. I have shared your books with several friends and can say with confidence that you have a loyal following in Gloucester, VA. Many blessings to you!

    • Emilie Richards on September 4, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      I so much appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm. If the reissues do well, I hope my publisher will be just as enthused and ask for the sixth book, Summer Winds. The reissues are a big and positive step, and they will be available at a great price for a trade paperback. So fingers crossed.

  6. Lynn Ross on September 5, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Thanks for answering fan-questions, Emilie! It’s always good to keep up with you. Can’t wait to see your before/after renovation pictures. Excited for you regarding the re-issue of your books. I still have every one you’ve ever written in a special corner in my room behind a screen. I still re-read them!

  7. Becky on September 5, 2012 at 9:22 am

    One Mountain Away was a phenomenal book and I’m looking forward to the rest of the Goddess Anonymous Series.

    I was one of the many fans that was sad to not see Summer Winds come out so we’ll look forward to next Spring. Although I have all of my hardcovers yet… I may just have to buy them for a friend.

    • Emilie Richards on September 5, 2012 at 9:27 am

      That’s a very nice thing to do, Becky. They’re planning to sell them at a great price, so they will make nice gifts. Don’t forget I send out bookplates, too. You can find the info on my contest page at my website.

  8. GladysMP on September 28, 2012 at 12:38 am

    I do not like books that end leaving me sad. I much prefer a lighter touch.

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