Under the Harvest Moon – Beth Wiseman
Under the Harvest Moon follows Naomi, a recently widowed woman with two young children. She’s afraid to commit to another man following the death of her husband, even though remarriage is encouraged in her Amish community. When she meets Brock, she’s drawn to his gentle ways, even though he’s much older than she. But her self-esteem has plummeted due to the abuse she suffered throughout her marriage. Do all men hit? What could she have done to be a better wife? Did she deserve the violent hand of her husband?
Women in all walks of life silently suffer abuse, so I wanted to touch upon the subject and the ways women often blame themselves—even in an Amish community. My Amish friends have always encouraged me to paint an accurate picture of their lives. They sin, have marital issues, addictions, and all the other struggles experienced by their Englisch friends. But there is hope infused throughout this story as God guides Naomi and her children onto a new and better path.
I have also touched upon a controversial subject—Amish powwowing. While some of the Amish admonish this esoteric tradition, there are still folks seeking out the services powwowers provide. But, as with any occupation, there are good and bad practitioners.
Love and Buggy Rides – Amy Clipston
I had a lot of fun writing my novella, Love and Buggy Rides, since it gave me the opportunity to write a story about Janie Lantz, who is minor character from The Courtship Basket, the second book in my Amish Heirloom series. Readers who know the story will remember Janie is Mike Lantz’s cousin, and she helps care for Mike’s father, Raymond, in The Courtship Basket. Janie is one of my favorite characters because she has a sweet spirit and is dedicated to helping her uncle and cousins. If you read The Courtship Basket, you’ll also remember she had a hand in helping Rachel and Mike reconcile their differences. Since Janie was a pivotal part of Mike and Rachel’s relationship, I wanted to explore her story.
In Love and Buggy Rides, Janie takes a job as a cashier at Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides. On her first day she meets Jonathan Stoltfuz, who lives in Mechanicsville, Maryland, but is visiting Bird-in-Hand for the fall. Jonathan is working as a buggy driver while also helping his grandparents. A frightening accident brings Janie and Jonathan together in a blossoming friendship, yet daunting obstacles stand between them and something deeper.
I hope readers reading about Bird-in-Hand in the fall and also learning more about Janie Lantz!
A Quiet Love – Kathleen Fuller
Amos Mullet first appeared in my YA book Hide and Secret as a burly fourteen-year-old, and then as a secondary character in my novel A Faith of Her Own. Amos, who is autistic, deserved his own story–and especially his own happy ending.
But Amos faces one large obstacle to love—finding the right woman who not only sees his uniqueness as endearing, but is able to fall in love with his tender heart. Enter Dinah Hochstetler, a young Amish woman who has her own struggles. Painfully shy, she has a stutter that worsens when she’s nervous or under pressure. But she’s also a capable woman with a deeply caring nature.
A Quiet Love is a love story, but it’s also a tale of how two special people are able to look beneath the surface and see each other for who they really are—the way God truly sees them.
Mischief in the Autumn Air – Vannetta Chapman
I attended my first auction in Indiana in 2011. If you haven’t been to the Shipshewana Auction it is a thing of wonder. Amish and Englisch work booths filled with everything from Whoopie Pies to NFL memorabilia. And you’ll see Amish as well as Englisch shopping for a good deal! It’s a fun place to sit and people watch, enjoy an Indiana afternoon, and learn about the Amish.
From the moment I stepped into the auction barn, where items were set up in “lots” and auctioneers called out in a sing-song voice, I was hooked. Looking at the treasures that were up for auction, you have to wonder about their history, what secrets they hold, and why they are for sale. The idea for Mischief in the Autumn Air was probably born that day, five years ago, and I’m so happy to share it with readers now. Because sometimes a thing up for auction is actually a priceless treasure. And sometimes the value of that treasure goes deeper than money as it reaches into our past and our heart.
Want to learn more? Check out the Shipshewana Auction at: shipshewanatradingplace.com.
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Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. Having sold over 1.5 million books, her novels have held spots on the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Bestseller List and the CBA (Christian Book Association) Bestseller List. She is a two-time winner of the Carol Award in, a three-time winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and an INSPY Award winner. In 2013 she took home the coveted Holt Medallion. This is Beth’s fifteenth novel, and she has also published thirteen novellas that appear in various Thomas Nelson collections.
Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including A Man of His Wordand Treasuring Emma, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield.
Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and three spoiled rotten cats.
Vannetta Chapman is author of the best-selling novel A Simple Amish Christmas. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. In 2012 she was awarded a Carol Award for Falling to Pieces. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania.