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The Amish Firefighter, Laura Hilton’s newest novel, will be releasing on May 3, 2016. We have the privilege of not only visiting with Laura today, but also getting a sneak peek into this new story before it has even released! And…! Laura is offering a giveaway of any one of her books — winner’s choice! How sweet is that?! Lest I get ahead of myself, though, here’s a quick look at The Amish Firefighter.
Abigail Stutzman’s life is about to change – whether she wants it to or not. Her mamm is getting remarried to a widower with a large family. Abigail is sent to live with her aenti and onkle in Jamesport because she and her new step-brother had dated and their parents anticipate problems. (Her step-brother is needed on the farm.) Abigail launches a full-scale plan to return home to her family—and Mark—when she finds herself in over her head…and heart. When Abigail and her new “wrong crowd” get into significant trouble, her punishment includes helping a collection of crazy old maids with housekeeping. In the midst of her atonement, Abigail uncovers family secrets that run deep, and realizes she’s not the only one with a pain-filled past. Abigail must decide if she’ll continue her messed-up legacy or embrace a new beginning with the man who’s stolen her heart.
Sam Miller has trouble of his own. When Sam and his close friend Ezra Weiss are in a drug/alcohol-related car accident in Pennsylvania, Ezra is killed. Though Sam survives, he is deeply affected by the tragedy and vows to help other victims. Now a new Christian, Sam is a volunteer firefighter and a college student working to earn his EMT and paramedic license. But Sam has a past. When it comes time to confess his crimes, he finds that the truth may set him free—but it might also land him in some uncomfortably hot water. Will Sam and Abigail be able to find a future together?
Welcome back, Laura! What inspired you to write The Amish Firefighter?
I saw a picture on the internet of an Amish man fighting a fire with other firemen. It piqued my interest and I knew Sammy (the hero) had found his calling. Also my son is a volunteer firefighter/first responder so I know some of what goes into it – and the adrenaline rush.
It may be a rush, but I for one am thankful for those who are willing to risk their own lives to help and protect others! You’ve written many stories about the Amish. What appeals to you the most about them?
My maternal grandparents left the Amish and I enjoy writing contemporary stories about people who share my roots.
Oh wow! That does add an extra heart-tug. 🙂 Which authors have had the most impact on your writing?
Susan May Warren. Love her. Suzanne Woods Fisher. Denise Hunter. Colleen Coble. Many, many others.
That question is probably a bit like asking you to pick a favorite child…LOL You are a prolific writer, a professional reviewer, and you homeschool your kids. How do you balance all of the demands on your time?
I’m also a pastor’s wife. 🙂 I have learned that flexibility matters! My responsibilities as a wife and a mother come first. That includes homeschooling. I can edit while they do seatwork. I carry a book with me everywhere and when I have to wait, I read. My writing is mostly done during quiet hours, after school is finished for the day – until a certain hour, then I read.
Multitasking at its finest! That’s amazing! Would you share something that the Lord has been teaching you recently?
This has been a hard year for us for many reasons. We had to let go of long held dreams, desires, and hopes, letting them die in favor of necessities. My verse that God gave me for this year is Be strong and very courageous. I think most of us know it. God has never given me a verse for a year before. Story verses, yes. This is different. And I’m trying to hold fast to the promise that He knows. He cares. And I can trust Him.
He does care, and He is faithful. This life is hard, but we can be courageous in Him. Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us today, Laura!
Your turn! Do you have a verse or word for the year? Let’s share in the comments below. 🙂
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. 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, The Amish Firefighter releasing in May 2016, followed by two more Amish books and a Christmas story releasing in Fall 2016, Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 respectively.
She has self-published a Christmas novella, Christmas Mittens.
Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer and blogs for Putting on the New and Seriously Write.
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David Lapp survived a “code blue” when he was in a buggy/semi truck accident in Seymour, Missouri. Now after extensive therapy he has lingering mobility problems and is still struggling to find his place in the world. Lured away from Webster County by thoughts of closed buggies and a postcard friendship he’s developed with an Amish girl in Jamesport, he moves north, hoping for a fresh start. He finds work in the area tying flies and basket weaving, selling his products in the Amish markets in the Jamesport area.
Rachel Miller dreams of travel, but feels tied to her Amish life. She is being courted by Obadiah Graber, but wonders if there’s more to life. When she sees David’s name mentioned in The Budget, she strikes up a pen pal friendship with David while he’s in the hospital and in therapy, consoling him when he and his girlfriend part ways. She never dreams that David will come north and move into her community. David is still fearful in the buggy, especially in high traffic areas. Feeling he’s called by God to preach, David spends hours in the Bible, but the Amish discourage him, believing their ministers should be drawn by lot. Will David follow his call, even if it takes him out of the Amish church?
Will Rachel realize her dream to travel?
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 Gretta and sister must work outside the home to make ends meet. Greta rent 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?
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