Welcome to Marienstadt, my fictional hometown in The Pennsylvania Wilds, where herds of elk roam freely, down-home Pennsylvania Dutch cooking is delicious, and people are neighborly even if a little bit crazy! The stories in this collection are based on legends and customs I grew up with. December 6th is the Feast of St. Nicholas and we had visits from the ferocious, folkloric Belsnickel every year. Treeing is a custom that was practiced all over town but that I have never encountered anywhere else. The Christmas Daughter is just a sweet, tender story about a big, bad, tough guy whose heart is softened by a sweet, little girl who needs him. I hope you will enjoy these stories and come back to visit in my other Marienstadt tales.
It's Christmas time in the Pennsylvania Dutch town of Marienstadt and everything is sparkling. You are invited to come spend the holidays in a community of people where tradition is strong and love is all around.
- When The Reluctant Belsnickel of Opelt's Wood was released in 2011 it quickly climbed Amazon's charts to #1 in Folklore. This novella tells the story of a sad, lonely man who finds joy and love when he is persuaded to play the folkloric role of Belsnickel for the children of Marienstadt.
- Published in 2013 The Christmas Daughter: A Marienstadt Story, is a novel about Boone Wilde, a former biker and heartthrob, who discovers he has a 12 year old daughter who needs him--a daughter that he comes to need even more.
- New for 2014 is the story, Treeing, in which a solitary antiques dealer is on a quest to find a holiday punch bowl for a traditional Marienstadt Treeing party and who finds much more in the process.
- In addition, Lola Eckert, the founder of Lola's Strudel Shop, a Marienstadt institution, shares with readers a collection of her most requested holiday recipes. Included are instructions for making strudel, including five strudels mentioned in the stories, plus keuchels, apple and peach dumplings, rhubarb tarts and more.