Helen Lindell

Raven Hill Helen Lindell by Melinda Marie Alexander

I’m participating in The Blogging From A to Z April 2015 Challenge.

I needed a blog post for “H” and even though I have three characters that start with the letter “H”…Helen Lindell, a little girl named Hope, April’s sister (who might not even be in this book) and Henry Shoemaker, Helen’s son-in-law. I actually don’t have anything edited or ready to post yet.

So, Since I don’t have a character sneak peek for Helen yet, I’m going to give you a little background information. Helen Lindell owns Lindell Bakery which is located on Elm Street, right next door to Village Books owned by Lacy’s grandmother Phoebe Harris. The bakery has a small café with little round tables where you can sit and have a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or whatever else you might want to drink and sample they’re mouth-watering pastries, danishes, cheese rolls, muffins, cookies, pies, cakes and decadent desserts.

Helen’s daughter Sophie Shoemaker, works at the bakery part-time while her daughters, Marigold, Violet and Daisy are in school.

Helen enters my story when Violet, Lacy, Robin and April go to the bakery shop to ask Mrs. Shoemaker if Violet can go to Lacy’s house to work on a school project, and of course while they’re there, they have some fresh-baked cookies and milk.

The Shoemakers

The Shoemakers!

Sophie and Violet

Daisy and Marigold

When I was naming the three girls, twelve years ago. I thought it would be super cute if Sophie named her daughters after flowers. The first one I named was Violet, love that name! Daisy was next, and then Marigold. Marigold was actually named Rose, but then I realized that I had too many characters whose names started with an “R” so I had to change it. I fell in love with the name Marigold and was really excited, because I thought it was going to be somewhat original. But then, when I saw Downton Abbey…not that long ago and heard them call Edith’s daughter Marigold my jaw dropped. “What!”

I think it’s a little strange that my character names are appearing on Downton Abbey.

Violet, Daisy, Thomas, James, Rose and now Marigold. That is so weird!


2 thoughts on “Helen Lindell

  1. Helen Holshouser

    Wow! So, Downton Abbey is stealing your names! How interesting! One of my daughters is a pastry chef, and wants to own a bakery–she’ll love this story! I’m going to share with her so she can be anticipating it! LOL



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