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The Arms of an Aunt


One of my favorite things in life is being an aunt. I have four nephews and four nieces. I also consider myself an aunt to their spouses and a great aunt to their children.

I was recently reading the Gospel of John and learned that Jesus’ aunt stood with his mother at the foot of the cross.

In both of my novels, The Whispering of the Willows and The Melody of the Mulberries, Aunt Ada is featured. The books are set in the late 1920’s when families often lived in tight knit communities. Aunts were second mothers and took part in caring for and raising nieces and nephews. Aunt Ada is not an aunt by blood but an aunt by love. In numerous ways, she helps the Ashby siblings. Her protectiveness and generosity help launch Ernest, Emie, and Coral into adulthood. Her words of wisdom guide their path, and her compassion makes room for them to live in her home and in her heart.

Only an aunt can give hugs like a mother, keep secrets like a sister and share love like a friend.

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