Inspiration Behind The Orchard House

by | Feb 5, 2021 | Heidi's Updates

Visiting Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House as a girl was the first time I experienced the power of history. Standing in her bedroom, staring at the very desk where she wrote Little Women, the power of history washed over me. Louisa had been in this room. She had written a novel known around the world and dear to many girls and women. And right now, in this snapshot of time, I was the closest person to where it had all happened.

Looking back, I see this place as the birth of my fascination with history. And as I revisited my childhood writing dream as an adult and began publishing books, there was one story that called out to me. One story that had to be told. And it was here, at Louisa’s Orchard House.

Going back to Concord as an adult was no less magical. Only this time, my mission was more than my fascination with Little Women. This time, I was going to find my own story.

For me, there’s nothing like setting to get things stirring. My creative mind comes alive. I visited Orchard House with my mother. At the time, I didn’t know what an integral part she would play in the story. (The poems contained in The Orchard House were written by her years ago.)

I thought it’d be fun to share a few research pictures so my readers could have a different view of the story. I sincerely hope you enjoy The Orchard House. I hope its message of hope and trust resonates within you.

Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House. Her bedroom, and where she wrote Little Women, is contained in the upper two windows to the right of the main house. To the left, you can just make out Bronson Alcott’s School of Philosophy, which plays a big part in my book.
Bronson Alcott’s School of Philosophy, where Victoria finds Johanna’s poems.
The Orchard House on the steps of Louisa’s Orchard House!
With Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond
Walden Pond
Gardens of the March Sisters
Me and My Mother in front of Louisa’s Orchard House
Main Streets Market and Cafe, where Taylor meets Will for the first time.
Outside Orchard House with a copy of Little Women!

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