Welcome to Finch’s Crossing
- Published: 02/12/2015
I’m about to launch my new romance series, “Finch’s Crossing,” a sweet romance featuring the four Hamilton sisters who are named after the seasons. When readers discover a new cozy romance, meet the characters and immerse themselves into the story they often wonder if the setting is real or fictional. I’m sure for many romance novelists the answer is both. It certainly is for me. Nestled in the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania (think Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water), the fictional Finch’s Crossing is inspired by the small town of Scottdale, Pennsylvania. I grew up around the world, moving every few years, but every summer our family returned to Scottdale to spend a month with our grandmothers, who lived less than a mile from each other. Like Finch’s Crossing, Scottdale is a town of five thousand souls, with a charming main street commercial district, pretty neighborhoods, and the kind of people who knows when a stranger comes to town, and welcomes them with open arms. Like Autumn Hamilton, my fond memories of Scottdale have endured in my life for forty years. When I recall shopping trips with our Grandmother Ruby to the Provident Mennonite bookstore, visits to the post office where we discovered something new each time in the wall-to-ceiling WPA murals, and milkshakes at Burns’ Drugstore I feel a warm glow that always produces a smile. I can still see the faces of our grandmother’s neighbors and friends and remember the happy times I spent in their company. If you love Cedar Cove and books by Debbie Macomber (as I do!), I hope you will fall in love with Finch’s Crossing.