From People I Wrote About:

Hi Emma and Lauryn,

I wanted to reach out to thank you for such a beautiful job on the Maine Women’s Magazine article for Side x Side. I am thrilled with both the story and the images and wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your talents in writing and photography as well as for giving me the opportunity to share a little about the organization!
Thanks again!

Beth – Side x Side

Beth Wilbur Van Mierlo (c) Lauryn Hottinger



Hope this note finds you well. Thank you so much for the well written piece [about me and Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation]. I’m thrilled to have had the opportunity to be a part of this project. I’m signed up with AmpSurf to try my hand at surfing in August. Yay! Best regards,

Natalie – Confidence on Skis

Natalie St. Pierre (c) Lauryn Hottinger

From Readers of A Brief History of Biddeford:

“Informative, well researched and well written history of Biddeford.” – Martin G.

“A fast reading account of a small Maine town as it emerged into the New England commercial establishment. Well written by a skilled young woman with ample editorial background and the additional fact that she has lived in Biddeford, Maine since birth. I agree with one critic saying that there is so much more to the story of Biddeford, a small town that attracted a few brave Franco Americans from Canada to work in the Peppered Mill. The mill gave work to struggling farm families in the beginning, and grew to become a strong competitor in the world wide market for quality fabrics. Perhaps this author will continue with more work about her beloved home town. I sincerely hope so. Maine is a trove of wonderful stories, most coming after the French and Indian Wars that so devastated much of the very early development. This book will give you a toe hold in a very small part of Maine with resourceful and resolute folk who are still perfecting Biddeford.” – Amazon customer

“I recently bought your book on Biddeford and really enjoyed it! I was born in Biddeford in 1956, well technically Kittery because my dad was in the Navy, but my first home was Biddeford. I left (sailor dad) when I was 5, but visited my grandparents a few times after that, but the last time I was there was 1972 when I was 15. I’ve been wanting to go back for decades, but life gets in the way, so I’ve finally made plans to visit and your book shed some light on the history that will make my trip much more enjoyable. I already have a tour of the Pepperell scheduled. Both my grandparents spent their entire lives working there and I remember visiting them inside a few times. I’ve found their house on Bradbury Street and my first home on the corner of Harding and Gertrude and I’m shocked that it’s still standing and even more shocked that it looks just like a remembered it!” – Guy W.

“Simply wonderful! So refreshing to read a book that is so captivating, while also teaming with history. I would recommend this book to students, educators, and also the leisurely reader like myself. You will not be disappointed.”  – Amazon customer