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Amish fiction fans, I have a treat for you today! Author Laura Hilton is visiting today to share a bit about her newest novel, The Postcard — and to share a paperback copy to one lucky winner as well! (The entry form for the giveaway is at the bottom of this post.)
Welcome, Laura! First, can you share the blurb for The Postcard?
An Amish girl who longs to travel…Rachel Miller dreams of traveling beyond her Amish existence in Jamesport, Missouri. To satisfy her wanderlust, she sends letters to the people she reads about in the Budget, the Amish newspaper, and asks that they consider mailing her a simple postcard in return. Her collection of correspondence from various Amish communities isn’t as exciting as traveling, but it keeps her occupied, especially when one of her communicants routinely responds. His name is David Lapp, of Seymour, Missouri, and she soon feels as if he knows her better than her own beau. Too bad she is already promised to Obadiah. An injured young man on the mend…Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, David Lapp moved to Seymour, Missouri, as part of a “man swap.” The transition was going fine until a serious buggy accident landed him in the hospital, where he nearly died following surgery on his broken leg. After extensive therapy, he has lingering mobility problems and is still struggling to find his place in the world. When he realizes that his spirited pen pal, Rachel Miller, lives in a community where closed buggies are used, he decides on a whim to move there, hopeful for a fresh start. A shared desire to break from rigid tradition…Rachel never expected to meet David Lapp in person. Even less did she anticipate his intentions to court her. As their friendship moves from the written page to in-person encounters, they discover that the chemistry in their correspondence was real. But what will this mean for the future? Following their hearts, and God’s leading, will require no small amount of sacrifice and significant life changes.
What inspired you to write The Postcard?
A reader wrote Whitaker House about how much she loved a secondary character in Promised to Another, David Lapp, and wanted to know what happened to him after the end of the book. So I told her I’d pray about writing David’s story. His story is in The Postcard.
Can you help us picture part of your world? What does your ideal writing space look like (whether you actually write in an area like this or not)? What do you have to have handy, and what would you surround yourself with to make it easiest, and most inspiring, to write?
I write in the living room! I have a little desk for my laptop and a TV tray beside me that I use to homeschool. So, I write in the fray… and my daughter usually is looking over my shoulder, editing, as I write.
As a fellow homeschooling mom, I can SO picture that scene! 🙂 What is your favorite dessert?
I love cheesecake! I have never met a cheesecake I didn’t like. Cherry topping or blueberry topping, chocolate, whatever. Love, love, love cheesecake. I have that for my birthday every year.
That makes my mouth water just thinking about it… Can you give any hints about your next book?
My next book is called The Birdhouse and here is the blurb:
Twenty-year old Greta Miller’s daed has been injured in a farming accident during the summer. The supportive Amish community tries to help out, but Greta and her sister must work outside the home to make ends meet. Greta rents a booth at the Farmers’ Market. Because Greta is still in her rumspringa and free to explore the world, her family selects her to sell her homemade jams, jellies, and preserves to Englischers.
Josh wants to court Greta, but years ago, he made the mistake of rejecting her during a seemingly innocent game—which resulted in him leaving the Amish. Three years later, he’s back and she wants nothing to do with him. Josh struggles to fit in and rebuild relationships he’s destroyed. Knowing Greta’s family needs help, he steps in, hoping to win Greta back. When Greta admires one of his birdhouses, he gives it to her, hoping that would help to open the door to more.
But as their friendship begins to grow a series of unfortunate events pull Greta away from the Amish, leaving her rejected by those she loves. Will Greta get beyond her family’s distrust and return home? How will she prove her innocence? Or will she remain outside her Amish community?
Do you have a favorite or “life” verse? Why is that one important to you?
My favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11. There are so many verses that are good and meaningful, but that one has long been one of my favorites. For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord. Plans for good and not for evil. Plans to give you a future and a hope.
Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Laura!
More about Laura:
Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.
Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards). Surrendered Love and Awakened Love followed by her first Christmas novel, A White Christmas in Webster County, as well as the Amish of Jamesport series, The Snow Globe, The Postcard in April 2015, and The Birdhouse in September 2015.
Other credits include Swept Away from Abingdon Press’ Quilts of Love series. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer.
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