I’m excited to share A Simple Prayer, the final book in my Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series, with you. It was bittersweet for me to write this book. This series has been an emotional journey for me as I grew to know and love the characters. While I was writing A Season of Love, the last … [Continue reading]
FROM THE BOOK NOOK: Wanting an Amish novel that will make you laugh? Cry? Or both? Look no further. Here’s where you’ll find the newest releases to hit the bookshelves.
I’m excited to share A Simple Prayer, the final book in my Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series, with you. It was bittersweet for me to write this book. This series has been an emotional journey for me as I grew to know and love the characters. While I was writing A Season of Love, the last … Continue Reading
If you missed any of our posts this past week, be sure to peruse the site this weekend! We got to know Ervin R. Stutzman, author of Joseph's Dilemma and visited an Amish bookmobile in Holmes County, Ohio with Amanda Flower. On Wednesday, we kicked off a new Amish Wisdom featured called "Almost … Continue Reading
FROM THE COOK’S CORNER: Amazing, tried and true recipes from Plain (and nearly-Plain) kitchens. The next time you’re looking for something wonderful to try, check out Cook’s Corner! Deliciousness is just a click away.
There are many recipes for broccoli salad; this is a basic recipe starter, which came from Joyce Thomas, a friend of my roommate. Both of these ladies were from Lancaster County, Pa. Even people who think they don’t like broccoli seem to love this! Broccoli Salad 1 large head of broccoli … Continue Reading
With today’s trend to use actual flowers in salads or on cakes as a garnish, you might think when happening upon the Pansy Cake recipe in Mennonite Community Cookbook, the recipe might call for pansies decorating the top of the cake. However, this recipe creates the multi-colored look of the … Continue Reading
FROM TRAVELER’S TIPS: Planning a trip to Amish country? Or maybe you just got back from one. This is the place to share your pix, tips, suggestions, things to do…or to skip!
Two summers ago, the director of Holmes County District Public Library invited me to check out their bookmobile services to the Amish living in the county. I jumped at that chance. As a librarian and author of Amish fiction is sounded like the perfect field trip. From the main library in … Continue Reading
At first glance, the name Plain City seems to give away the secret: Amish live here. Actually, the name of the town refers to the terrain, which is flat—a plain. Perhaps the Plain people chose to settle here partially because of the name. Certainly there were fewer hills for horse-drawn buggies to … Continue Reading
FROM ASK THE AMISH: Ever wondered what it’s really like to be Amish? Ask away! Our Amish scribe will return questions to me each week.
This is the first post in an exciting new Amish Wisdom feature we're calling, "Almost Amish." Published periodically on Wednesdays, this column will celebrate the principles that inspire and define the Amish lifestyle. The Amish were “green” long before it was considered politically correct. … Continue Reading
Q: I have read a lot of Amish fiction. It is definitely my favorite fiction genre. Could you explain why in some books the characters will refer to their mothers and fathers by different names, such as: Mamm, Mom, or Mama, and Daed or Papa? Do these differences generally vary by family or … Continue Reading
FROM BEYOND THE BONNETS: Q&A with Authors, Conversations about the Anabaptists, thoughts about community, ideas about how to bring the best of the Amish into your life.
In the theme of this website about Amish fiction and Amish people and their communities, I'm going to stray from the path a little - my realm, as it may be called, is in the Mennonite community. Many Mennonite people live in my community - or do I live in theirs? Where I live, I was a member of a … Continue Reading
Growing up as a traditional Mennonite in the 1950s, in the homes of almost everyone I knew, sitting down for dinner together every night was just what people did. Today, not so much. Sunday night was the only night we did not do that: it was Mom’s night off, when Daddy made popcorn and … Continue Reading