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By Elizabeth Gold

Losing Friends

No matter how it happens, it’s always hard to lose friends. As an editor on a continuity series, I can tell you it’s difficult to even lose fictional friends.

For two years, I’ve been working on the Guideposts series Home to Heather Creek. The series starts with the sad event of Denise Slater, a single mother of three children, dying in a car accident. Her children—16-year-old Sam, 14-year-old Emily, and 10-year-old Christophe—leave San Diego to live with their grandparents in Nebraska. It’s a shock for the whole family, and I couldn’t help but sympathize with them.

The 24 books in the series depict the two years following the children’s arrival. Needless to say, it’s a hard transition for everyone, including grandparents Charlotte and Bob Stevenson who not only had gotten used to not having young children on the farm, but now have to cope with the death of their only daughter. Given a second chance at parenting, Charlotte tries not to make the mistakes she made before, while still instilling her values. Her strong faith and supportive friends help her find her way.

For two years now, while addressing production schedules and typographical errors, and all the finer details of publishing, I’ve also become emotionally invested in the family at Heather Creek Farm. I’m just about Charlotte’s age, and although I grew up in a city rather than on a farm, I wonder what I would do in her situation. Sometimes I find myself wondering how the Stevensons are doing.

As we put the finishing touches on volume 24, and Home to Heather Creek comes to an end, I can’t help thinking how much I’ll miss my friends.

Elizabeth Gold
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I have tried several times to order some books but says problem with payment method. I have retried several times and don't know what is wrong. I want to order from Welcome to Heather Creek series: bk 8 Promise of Spring; Bk 12 Sunflower Serenade; Bk 18 All things Hidden; Bk 2 in another series: Chasing the Wind. Any ideas?

Hi Minnie. Sorry you're experiencing difficulties in placing your order. Please contact our customer service department toll-free at 1.800.932.2145. They'll be happy to assist you.

I have not gotten any books of Home to Heather Creek in forever. I have called before and was told that production was behind. I am very much interested in finishing the series before I start a new one. Please let me know what is going on. Pete and Dana was building a house would love to know about the children. Thanks

Hi Charlotte. Sorry to be slow to respond. The person I needed to ask about this was out of the office for a few days.

She looked up your account, and there are three remaining books in the series for you. She will mail those to you on Monday. Has your address changed since you last received a book?

I loved reading home to Heather Creek I wish you would do one more just to tie up the loose ends.... Dana..baby... And the rest of the family. Also is there another book series you might recommend... I'm currently deep into Grace Chapel Inn

I was wondering where I can get "helping hands" and "In Gods hands" without paying $50.00 for it.....(that's what amazon is asking for it). If anyone could help me out I would appreciate it! thanks!

I read this series a long time ago. I wish y'all would pick the story up again. I think it stopped short of completing the story. Would love the children grown and maybe families of their own. I loved it.

When will I get the last of the series?? I have enjoyed each and every book and I have shared my books with 4 other people and all are waiting for the next book "In Gods Hands"

Please let me know when to expect the book... Thanks Dolores

Dolores, that series ended some time ago. If you've not received everything you ordered, contact our customer service department at (800) 431-2344 or by email at csinquiry@guideposts.org. They will be able to assist you.

I just came across several of Home to Heather Creek books Can you tell me which book was number 1, Thank you

I have never got into a book like heather creek, I just love reading this book ..hate to see it come to end .but thanks for allow metro have this book for a while . Hazel

I will miss this book I loved it.

After having just finished reading all 24 books, I was very disappointed in the last one. It didn't complete the series. Everything was left hanging as if it will be continued. I loved the series and will miss the Stevensons.

I remember one day thinking, "I wonder what Charlotte and the gang are up to lately." When I told someone that I was so looking forward to my next batch of books because I needed to catch up with my 'friends', that person started laughing. I don't remember feeling such passion for any other series characters. I have no children, I'm 58 or 59 years old (never can quite remember), and I constantly read most any genre except sci-fi/horror. All too often, I find that the series major characters are almost all females (of a certain age) without a balance of ages and genders. Although I certainly appreciate strong female characters, I really enjoy more points of view in a story line. Maybe that's part of the reason for my particular attachment to Heather Creek. So it's with a sad heart that I say good-bye to my friends at Heather Creek Farm. I already miss them and have decided to believe that they all lived happily ever after...!

I can really relate to this series because, like Charlotte and Bob, we raised our grandchildren. We raised our three daughters and a son and before we could get used to having an empty nest, our middle daughter divorced her husband and moved in with her three little girls. After a year, she and the girls moved into a rental house with her boyfriend and after another year, they all moved to Chicago to live with his family. Two months later we got a phone call begging us to come get the girls......... it wasn't working out. We drove out to Chicago and picked up the girls; and, a year later, when she married him, we obtained guardanship of the girls. It's been a long haul...... fraught with all sorts of drama and setbacks but now, we have two of them still with us, both away at college for most of the year, and the oldest one has moved out on her own. She is a single mom and stuggling to survive with her two little daughters because the girls dad is in jail. Just this past year, she has resumed contact with us and her sisters and believe it or not, we are once again raising little girls while she tries to establish herself as a massage therapist. Seems like we have spent our whole life rasing kids! I was a stay-at-home mom the first time and did the Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, CCD Teacher and PTO routine. With the granddaughters, I was a working mom and my husband retired and did the was well-known as Grampy and he coached softball for the girls team, etc. and I got back into Girl Scouts with the girls. Now, here we are, both retired and still raising kids! Another constant thing in my life is that I still make time for my love of reading books............. hard copy, paperback or Kindle!

Dear Elizabeth,

I am sorry to hear about the Heather Creek series ending. In all honesty, these books have been a wonderful escape from the crazy world we work and live in.

I was raised on a farm in Richmond, Ohio (near Pittsburgh) but moved to Florida when I was ten. In 2003, I moved back to Ohio with my mom for 4 years and still own a small ranch home there.

I came back to Florida for my eldest daughter when she experienced a layoff and decided to attend college for my bachelor's degree. I sure miss small town USA. Our grandparents farm was sold years ago.

Thank you for wonderful memories....Mary (W. Central Florida/Ohio).

I have read the whole series from the beginning with "Before the Dawn". I just finished "All things Hidden" and I feel that it was the best one out of all 23 books and I'm looking forward to number 24. I'm so sorry to hear that you are ending the series. I so look forward to the next book to see what the Lord will send to Charlotte and Bob and the community of Bedford. All the writers are wonderful. I laughed, cried, got angry, I went through all the emotions. Thank you Guideposts for a wonderful series. I wish it wasn't being discontinued!

I hope you decide to continue with the Heather Creek Series. I have finally found something my 30+ year old daughter will read. See does not care for reading. I have loaned out my copies as soon as I read them. (my daughter first then 2 days later everyone I work around.) They all love this family. It will feel like losing a member of my own family not being able to hear what is going on in their lives. PLEASE reconsider and keep this family going. There is never enough good clean reading out for the whole family.

Thank you
Debra

I'm sorry to hear that the HEATHER CREEK SERIES is ending. I have 14 of the books, the last one i have is Sunflower Serenade. Isent for the next copy just last week. I share them with my sisters and my friends. They love them as much as I do.

I would like to know what the nextbook is after Sunflower Serenade is,and howmany other books are in this series.

I am also collecting the Home to Heather Creek series and enjoy it so much! I have the same feelings as Elizabeth Gold for this family,I would want to have Charlotte for my best friend. I am also about the same age as Charlotte Stevenson, and have grandchildren of similar age to the Slater children. I look forward to each new volume and pass them on to my sisters to read. I plan to donate the series to my church when I am finished with them. Karen

I to own this series, and it has been the best series I have ever read. I feel like you have me hanging. There is so much more that could be added to this series. What about Pete & Dana the baby, the new house, Sam, Elimy, Christoher. Just not right to end this series like this. Please reconsider and continue this series.
Thanks
Connie

I just spotted this series in my Mom's church's bookstore and am very interested in buying and reading them. Does anyone have a list of the order they should be read. I've looked all over the internet and have found several titles to purchase on Amazon, but don't know what order to read them in. I would love a list of all 24 and the order in which I should read them. Thanks for any help!!

Hi Kimberly. Please contact our customer service department at (800) 431-2344 or via email at csinquiry@guideposts.org. They should be able to assist you.

This does make me sad. I enjoy these books more than any of the others. I think its a mistake on your part to end this series. I am a librarian, and we own this series and are one of the few that do. We interlibrary loan these out more than any other books. Rethink this please.

I'm am so disappointed that you are ending this wonderful series!You are leaving readers hanging,I think.What about Christopher's teenage years,and Emily finding herself in her last years of high school,plus,does Sam finish college or return to San Diego?
I'm not an avid reader,but when a friend started passing this series on to me,I couldn't wait for the newest book to arrive.Won't you reconsider and continue the story????

Where can you go to get the entire 24 book list of the Home to Heather Creek Series?

Please let me know.

Thanks,
Jeannine
his4x4toy2@yahoo.com

Jeannine, please contact our customer service department at (800) 431-2344 or by email at csinquiry@guideposts.org. They will be able to assist you.