Portrait of a Sister

The Need to Know, the Need to Write It By Laura Bradford

For years now, I’ve written mystery novels. In fact, twenty-six of the thirty books I’ve seen published have been mystery. I’ve written a series with a journalist as the protagonist, a librarian as the protagonist, a baker as the protagonist, an advertising executive as the protagonist, and a gift shop owner in the heart of Amish country as the protagonist.

I’ve enjoyed writing all of my series for various reasons, but it’s been my Amish Mysteries—in particular the former Amish detective in that series—that has tugged at my heartstrings in a very different way. Watching Detective Jakob Fisher come back (as a police detective) to the very town in which he grew up (as a young Amish boy and then teenager) has been fascinating to me. You see, Jakob left after baptism, thereby having to sever all ties to his childhood family.

While that background has given me great material to work with in my Amish Mysteries series, it’s also a part of Amish culture that’s really given me pause. Soon, I was itching to explore that pre/post baptism decision in a very different way than I could inside the confines of my work as a mystery writer.

And that’s when I knew I had to write something different—something that would allow me to go deeper into the Amish world that I love. So, armed with my curiosity and my need to explore, I wrote my first-ever women’s fiction novel.

In Portrait of a Sister (releasing June 26th), we really delve into that pre/post baptism decision through the eyes of twins; Hannah, who chose to leave before baptism, and Katie, who never considered leaving…

Until now.

For Hannah, the choice was really just about geography and lifestyle.

For Katie, that same choice will mean cutting ties to everyone and everything she’s ever known.

Hard to imagine, isn’t it?

Portrait of a Sister is a story about choices. It’s a story about family. It’s a story that will linger in your heart, as it has mine, long after you’ve finished reading.

The book, which will release in trade paperback and E with Kensington Fiction on June 26th, is now available for pre-order wherever you purchase your books.

Pre-order links:

Indiebound: http://bit.ly/2GOuCPP

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2nDRxFj

B & N: http://bit.ly/2BWNAQq


Laura is a former Agatha nominee and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. In her free time, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, traveling, baking, and visiting the sea lions at the Central Park Zoo. For more information and all the latest book news, visit her website at www.laurabradford.com.


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15 thoughts on “The Need to Know, the Need to Write It By Laura Bradford

  1. Cannot wait to read it! Love this background as to why you wrote it. I am sure it will be wonderful and full of all the amazing heart you put into all of your books

  2. Hi Laura,

    Your book sounds so interesting. I’ve also explored that difference between the before baptism life and the post baptism life. I’ll have to read Portrait of a Sister. 🙂

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