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Notes from Danielle

A Letter from Danielle for February ’24
February 5, 2024
Hi Everyone, February is always one of those months when the winter seems endless, and spring still feels a lifetime away. And the fun of the holidays feels like a distant memory. I always work/write a lot in January and February, and then suddenly spring is here, and I poke my nose out the door. […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for January ’24

Hi Everyone, Well, you made it through the holidays, after all the shopping, planning, cooking, lists, meals to prepare, trees to decorate, relatives people are happy to see, and some less so. The holidays are a marathon of work behind the scenes. Filled with hope and excitement, and sometimes disappointment over things that didnt happen. […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for December ’23
December 13, 2023
Hello Everyone, Although September is always a whirlwind for me after the summer, December is ALWAYS the busiest month of the year, can be the most stressful, takes the most effort to get everything organized, and it is definitely my favorite month!!! And favorite holiday!! The Christmas holidays, or of whatever faith or none, are […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for November ’23
November 7, 2023
Hi Everyone, November begins to have the bite and seriousness of winter, as the cold weather sets in, in most places, and the holidays begin to approach. It can be a stressful time for many people, spending time with family, or having no family to spend it with, and making plans. Thanksgiving is a wonderful […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for October ’23
October 6, 2023
Hi Everyone, October is one of my favorite months, as the weather cools—which is always energizing—and the fall gets busy with new projects and writing new books. I always find October inspiring, it’s just cool enough but not freezing yet, and we seem to hit our stride in this month. And for comic relief we […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for September ’23
September 5, 2023
Hi Everyone, Without a doubt, as the mother of nine kids, September has always been my busiest month. It was always a mad dash, getting new school uniforms and school supplies, new shoes, and helping everyone adjust to being back in school again (and wearing shoes!!!). Setting up car pools also . . . there […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for August ’23
August 8, 2023
Hi Everyone, It always feels like we barely settle into summer, and . . . it’s already on its way out. With children starting back to school in late August, it’s almost fall again before we know it. But there’s still time for some summer fun before we shake the sand out of our shoes […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for July ’23
July 6, 2023
Hi Everyone, At last it’s SUMMER!!! Yayyy!!! This has been the longest winter and spring that I can remember. It was cold everywhere this year and now, in July, we are bound to have warm weather. Memorial Day usually nudges summer off to a slow start, but on July 4th we KNOW it’s summer, and […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for June ’23
June 5, 2023
Dear Reader, June is such a wonderful month, you can count on good weather almost everywhere and it’s not too blazing hot yet. Just right!! Toward the end of June, my new hardcover Palazzo will be coming out, about a wonderful Italian family, originally from Venice, now established in Rome (with a gorgeous family palazzo […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for May ’23
May 3, 2023
Hello Everyone, I hope that spring is finally beginning to arrive, after a long cold winter that was beginning to seem endless!!! I travelled through New York in late March and the cold was brutal—I’ve been caught in snowstorms there in the past, as late as mid-April!!! May Day is one of my favorite holidays. […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for April ’23
April 7, 2023
Hi Everyone, I hope by now that there is some sign of spring in the air after the coldest winter I can remember everywhere I went!! The good news is that it kept me at home, working on several new books while hibernating to stay warm. So, I hope you’re seeing signs of spring. No […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for March ’23
March 7, 2023
Hi Everyone, I hope you’re making it through the winter and the year is off to a good start!!! It has been absolutely freezing everywhere I’ve been this winter: East Coast, West Coast, and Europe. I always love staying home in the deep part of winter and doing a lot of writing when it feels […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for February ’23
February 6, 2023
Hi Everyone, It’s still the heart of winter just about everywhere—and I always hibernate in the winter with my typewriter in the winter months and work on new books for you. I’m very happy with how my new book Without A Trace has done in January. The idea of starting anew somewhere is always intriguing. […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for January ’23
January 18, 2023
Hi Everyone, I hope you had wonderful holidays and feel renewed and full of energy as we begin this new year! Or: maybe you want to hibernate this month, in the cold weather. It’s a good month to tuck in with a good book—and I’m very excited about the two books that are coming out […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for December ’22
December 13, 2022
Hi Everyone, December has to be my favorite month. I love Christmas as much as I did as a child, maybe more, since I have my own children to share it with now. It can be a challenging time in families, a busy, stressful time, or a hard time if you are alone. But underneath […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for November ’22
November 15, 2022
Hi Everyone, I hope you’ve had a good fall, with good things happening. I am always stunned by how fast November and December roll around, with the holidays almost here. November is a wonderful time for the gathering of family and/or friends for Thanksgiving. And also a great time, if you have no plans, to […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for October ’22
October 12, 2022
Hi Everyone, I hope you are hitting your stride as October begins, and you are enjoying the fall. I love October—the crisp, cooler weather and the pace that picks up as we settle into fall after the summer. We all need the vacation time we try to get in the summer, with family gatherings, bare […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for September ’22
September 9, 2022
Hi Everyone, I hope you’ve had a great summer, did some fun things, took time off from work, and got to do what you enjoy. I had a week’s vacation with my children in July, and even a week was great, to get away from daily routine. And the day after I got back, I […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for August ’22
August 11, 2022
Hi Everyone, I hope that you are doing well and that life is rolling smoothly for you, and you’ve managed to take some time off this summer to relax and enjoy yourself. Everything seems more precious now after battling Covid for two years—and the isolation and confinements, and constant concern with health measures. It’s not […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for July ’22
July 7, 2022
Hi Everyone, Summer is here at last!!! The July Fourth holiday kicked it off with a big start, with picnics, barbecues, parades, hot dogs, hamburgers, fried chicken, apple pie, and all the foods we associate with the Fourth. And fireworks shows!!! Hopefully, you’re planning a summer vacation, some rest from work, and some relaxing time somewhere that […] Read more