Friday, June 26, 2015

Meet the VanVelsen Twins

By Gerda and Hennie VanVelsen
From Peg Cochran’s Cranberry Cove Series

Good morning.  We’d like to introduce ourselves—we’re the VanVelsen twins.  Yes, identical—even friends have trouble telling us apart.  We run Gumdrops, a candy store on Beach Hollow Road in Cranberry Cove.  We’re barely a block from the shore of Lake Michigan and have to sweep our front step daily to keep the sand off.

We carry what used to be called penny candy but of course the prices have gone up you know—not like in our day when you could get your fill for a nickel.  We also stock Droste chocolates and Wilhelmina peppermints from the Netherlands.  Our ancestors were Dutch and came to West Michigan in the 1800s to work in the furniture business.

We’ve had quite the goings on here in our little town!  A murder—can you imagine?  Our friend Monica Albertson, who lives out at Sassamanash Cranberry Farm, helped to solve it—the police tried to blame her half-brother Jeff but she was having none of it.  Good for her!

Time to go—we’ve got a pot of erwtensoep on the stove—that’s Dutch pea soup.  We made it with the bone leftover from the Sunday ham—waste not, want not, we always say. Do you pinch pennies, too?

We hope you’ll come visit Cranberry Cove soon—we think you’ll like it.

Berried Secrets--first in the Cranberry Cove series--coming August 4!  Sign up for my newsletter on my web site for a sneak preview!


  1. I'm not a big fan of cranberries of any sort, but I do love a good cozy mystery .

  2. Cranberry Cove sounds like a great place to check out, especially the Droste chocolate!

  3. This series has my interests peaked. I love cranberries. Yum!