Thursday, May 7, 2015

Welcome to my blog! "Connected in Love"

Hello, and welcome to my blog about my novel "Connected in Love."
The setting is picturesque Southeastern Pennsylvania in autumn. 

The fictitious LDS Knecht Branch in the novel
is named for the Knecht Covered Bridge
situated on Knecht Bridge Road.
The real bridge is the Knechts Covered Bridge.
Do you know why the early settlers built covered bridges?
And it wasn't so they could steal a kiss in private. Well, okay, some did.

The author standing inside the Knechts Covered Bridge in Bucks County, PA,
the setting for "Connected in Love"

One of the narrow roads found in Mary Donohue's rural Southeastern Pennsylvania realm.
I know you want to go there. Who wouldn't?

A grass-covered lane near the Knecht Covered Bridge.
The Knecht Branch Primary children all want to know where it leads,
but it's private property, so the leaders won't let them explore it.
Don't you just want to know what's down that path?
This is  Joyce Fretz's leaf-strewn lane.
That's her mailbox on the right there.
Mary visits her in Chapter 8.
Poor Joyce broke her ankle.
This is Mary and Dave Donohue's wooden bridge, over the little creek at the end of their property.
Notice Mary's nice touch hanging from the bridge, just before the first frost--and the flu hits the branch.
Another view of the Donohue's wooden bridge,
built by the Donohue Brothers Construction Company.
Their house is on the other side of the stand of poplar trees.
Mary and Dave have lived here almost twenty years.
The mailbox, mentioned in Chapter 27, is just out of camera shot on the left.

The Donohue's live down the lane from the local high school.
Their seminary students walk this way to school weekday mornings,
unless one of the teenagers drives to school and gives everyone a ride.

A well-manicured Pennsylvania farm, not far from Mary's house.
The home of Eleanor Black, an elderly widow in the branch.

A brownstone barn, just up the street from the Knecht Covered Bridge.
Keep going up this road and you'll come to the Knecht Branch.
This is the road the township uses for the Autumn Hayride, mentioned in the last few chapters.

This is the lawn just beyond the Knecht Branch building.
Keep walking through the woods and you'll come to the Knecht Covered Bridge.
The Branch members have picnics, games, and Cub Scouts out on the lawn during nice weather.
You'll read about this in Chapter 5.

I invite you to read the first two chapters of "Connected in Love." 
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Thanks for visiting rural Pennsylvania in autumn.
Now back to your regularly scheduled season, time, and place.


  1. Love the pictures...makes me homesick for Bucks County.

  2. Kathy, I just saw your comment. Thanks so much for looking at the Bucks County pictures. I hope to convey the lovely landscapes and settings as I write about Mary Donohue, her antics, and the sisters she serves in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
    Thanks again. Your comment means the world to me.

  3. Such beautiful pictures. I have been around Southern PA a few times, around Lancaster once and I actually did take a tour around to the different covered bridges, I don't know why but I just love them!
    Very cool that you based your book on real places and have pictures to go along with it on your blog to grab interest, creative idea!

  4. Hi, Kristy. Thanks for your comment. No place prettier than Pennsylvania in the autumn. I grew up right across the line from Lancaster County in Chester County. There are lots of covered bridges in this area. I was very lucky to spend almost my entire life (except the last 5 years) there.
    In my book, the branch is named for the nearby Knecht covered bridge.
    And the reason for covered bridges is not so young lovers can steal a kiss, or even to get out of the rain, though they are used for those reasons, but the cover is to protect the wooden bridge underneath.