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As a child supplied with a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number two pencil, Laura Bradford fell in love with writing. From that moment forward, she never wanted to do or be anything else.

Today, Laura is the national bestselling author of fiction, romance, and several mystery series, including An Amish Mystery Series, the Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery Series, the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, and A Tobi Tobias Mystery series. Portrait of a Sister is her first Amish-based women’s fiction novel.

Laura is an Agatha Award nominee, and the recipient of an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. A graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, Laura now lives in Mohegan Lake, New York, with her husband and their blended brood. She enjoys making memories with her family, baking, and being an advocate for those living with Multiple Sclerosis.

Laura Bradford shares a special message below exclusively with Southern Lady Book Club readers. Enjoy!

Dear Readers,

I’ve always held a fascination for the Amish and their way of life. Some of that, I suppose, stems from my love of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books when I was young. For grown-up me, the Amish live very much the way the Ingalls lived in the mid to late 1800’s, yet they do it in a modern day world. As a person who is curious by nature, that intrigues me. As a person who happens to be a writer, that same intrigue has a way of leading me in all sorts of different directions.

In Portrait of a Sister, my new women’s fiction novel, we meet Katie Beiler—a young Amish woman who has spent her life being “Hannah’s twin.” It’s a role she’s comfortable with if for no other reason than it’s her normal. It doesn’t help matters that the one and only way in which Katie can truly be her own person means having to say goodbye to everyone she holds most dear.

It’s a story about choices. It’s a story about family. And it’s a story that will linger in your heart, as it has mine, long after you’ve finished reading.

~Laura Bradford