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Have you been reading The Amish of Jamesport series by Laura Hilton? Not only is the latest book, The Birdhouse, now available, but Laura graciously stopped by to visit and offer a copy of The Birdhouse to one lucky reader! Before we visit with Laura, though — don’t you just love this cover?!
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, and so 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 Yoder 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, but Greta wants nothing to do with him. Josh struggles to fit in and rebuild relationships he destroyed. Knowing Greta’s family needs help, he steps in, hoping to win her back. When Greta admires one of his birdhouses, he gives it to her, hoping that it will 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? Will she prove her innocence? Or will she remain outside her Amish community?
Welcome, Laura! Let’s start with five quick questions to get to know a little bit about you. What is your:
Favorite color? White
Favorite season? Winter, Spring, Summer (I never can make up my mind!)
Favorite vacation spot? Michigan
Sports or music? Music
Cats or dogs? Dogs
Would you tell us about something crazy that you’ve done or would love to do?
I had someone get into a trunk of a certain type of car and see if they could kick the back seat in to escape. Or kick the taillight out.
I can see where that might be useful information, especially as an author. 😉 Could you share with us something that you feel the Lord has been teaching you lately?
There are so many on-going lessons. Right now it seems to be self-sacrifice.
That can be a tough lesson. I know you read a lot. What are you reading right now?
Right now I’m reading an older book, A Bride’s Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer. She used to be one of my critique partners.
I haven’t read that one, but it looks good. 🙂 What is one thing you wish you had known before you began writing/publishing?
I wish I would have know how much more is involved in writing than just writing. There’s marketing – which I hate. Interviews… written isn’t so bad, but the radio or TV spots? Ugh.
I think often there’s a reason writers write, rather than speak. You’re not the first author I’ve heard dread a “live” interview! Can you give any hints about your next book?
The next book after The Birdhouse is temporarily called The Amish Firefighter (the publisher usually changes my titles) and is about Sam, who was a secondary character in The Amish of Jamesport series.
Thanks for taking time to visit with us today, Laura, and for sharing The Birdhouse with us!
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, and The Birdhouse releasing in October 2015. Other credits include Swept Away from Abingdon Press’ Quilts of Love series. Laura is contracted for another three book Amish series set in the Jamesport area, with the first book planned for April 2016.
Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer.
A Compassionate Young Woman-Esther Beachy enjoys working for an elderly woman who is wheelchair bound. Her client, Anna Petersheim, is pleasant and tells captivating stories. Plus, her home is quiet and far more peaceful than Esther’s, with so many siblings. She only dreads the day when Anna’s grandson, Viktor, will return from the river to take over the farm. She and Viktor were classmates years ago, and he’d been an obnoxious flirt who paid attention to every girl but her. A Toughened Riverboat Captain-A seasoned riverboat captain, Viktor Petersheim has seen his share of trials. He left the Amish after the death of his parents and siblings in a house fire for which he still feels responsible. Now, after years of working on the Mississippi River, he returns home to claim the farm he inherited from his grandparents; and, hopefully, to repair some of the damaged relationships and broken hearts he left in his wake. Love off the River-When Viktor arrives home, it doesn’t take long for him and Esther to realize their mutual attraction. Even so, their relationship remains as tumultuous as a shaken snow globe, like the one Esther finds at a garage sale and gives to Viktor’s grandmother as a token of affection. Viktor isn’t the only man with an eye on Esther, and soon it looks as if she’s ready to make a future with someone else. Will the two go their separate ways again? Or will the hand of God work something beautiful out of their angst and agitation?
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.