‘The Amish Wanderer’: Meet Laura Hilton + a Giveaway

Oh look! A new Amish story! I am happy to have Laura Hilton visiting with us today to share her newest novel, The Amish Wanderer. Laura has visited with us previously (The Amish Firefighter, The Birdhouse, and The Postcard), and I’m looking forward to hearing about this new story! Before we visit, here’s a quick look at The Amish Wanderer.

Meet Laura Hilton, author of 'The Amish Wanderer' and enter to win a copy of her latest novel!Bethany Weiss has been fascinated by Silas Beiler since he spent a couple of years in Jamesport, Missouri, before he and his family moved to another Amish community. They hadn’t kept in touch, but she hasn’t forgotten the friendly young man who brought her lemonade and took her home once from a Singing years ago. When she finds a man sleeping in her family’s barn, like Jesus sleeping in the hay, she is stunned to recognize Silas. He’s left the Amish and is backpacking across the country. She talks him into staying, at least until after Christmas.


Silas’ family has never been happy living in one area for long, and their vagabond ways are wearing on him. He’s lived in Amish communities all over the nation, moving whenever his daed became disgruntled with the leaders, and he’s looking for some sense of stability. His intentions are to make it back to Pennsylvania and stay with his Englisch onkle and his family—and pursue an education. Will Bethany be the one to bring Silas in from the cold? Or will he continue on his way to his extended family and become Englisch?

Welcome back, Laura! Let’s start with five fast favorites. What is your:

Favorite color? White, like snow or a blank piece of paper

Favorite season? Winter

Favorite beverage? Malted milkshakes. I don’t get them very often

Favorite vacation destination? Normally, the upper peninsula of Michigan. But this time, I’m going to say near Niagara Falls because my Coastie son is near there.

Understandable! Favorite ice cream flavor? Whatever I’m in the mood for at the time. Usually, fudge ripple

Tell us about The Amish Wanderer. What inspired you to write this series, or this novel in particular?

The Amish Wanderer is the story of a very minor character who appeared in several of my other Amish books. This book IS stand alone.  I’ve been asked to tell the story of my maternal grandparents leaving the Amish and while I will never write the true version this is a very fictionalized account.  God gave me the verse for this story before I started writing and usually that doesn’t happen, He gives it near the middle or end. But this time, He needed me to know it all the way through.

How neat to be able to tell their story, to some extent! Who is your favorite secondary character in this latest novel, and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?

One of the secondary characters in this story is Caleb and his story will be coming in another book, yet untitled, later in 2017 or early in 2018.  I’m not sure when Whitaker House has it planned for.

Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?

It is set in Jamesport, Missouri, and yes, I have been there, two or three times. Lovely area.  And it’s very near to the Iowa border, lots of Amish in there!

I think there are more Amish communities than many people realize. What appeals to you the most about the Amish?

I love their work ethic and the matter of fact approach to life. I also like learning about my history.

Some of that work ethic and life perspective has probably been passed down to you, despite your grandparents leaving their community… Can you share about a time when you knew that God was in control and/or had your back?

Once my very old van was having problems and I did a lot of praying – I don’t know why, but I prayed specifically it wouldn’t catch on fire.  I drove it to the garage for repairs and they fixed it but the technician told me, “I don’t know how it didn’t catch on fire!” I did!  It was God.

That’s awesome! God is so good to us! Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?

Right now I am working on an Amish Christmas story titled The Christmas Challenge.

Amish AND Christmas! Sounds like a great combination. 😉 Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Laura!

Your turn! What is your favorite beverage?

More about Laura:

author Laura HiltonAward 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.

You can connect with Laura online:


visit my blogs: http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/  & http://lauravhilton.blogspot.com/ 

twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Laura-V-Hilton/161478847242512

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/vernetlh/

‘The Amish Wanderer’ Giveaway:

Laura has generously offered to give away a copy of The Amish Wanderer (paperback or e-copy; winner’s choice). Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.

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28 thoughts on “‘The Amish Wanderer’: Meet Laura Hilton + a Giveaway

  1. Darlene Holley

    My favorite beverage is coffee. I like iced coffee in the warmer months. It has to be just plain coffee too none of the fancy ones.

  2. Ellen Gray

    Hmm, I guess my favorite beverage would be Dr. Pepper. Not very good for me I know but I can’t seem to break the habit.

  3. Sounds like an awesome book!

    At home I only drink water or milk. But when we’re dining out I’ll have a lemonade or a milkshake.

  4. My favorite beverage is – of course – Diet Coke 🙂

  5. My favorite beverage is WATER, ice water to be more specific! Yep, it is true, you can ask anyone that knows me.

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  6. Donna B

    My favorite beverage in the summer is sweet ice tea, and in the winter it is hot chocolate.

  7. Lucy Reynolds

    My favorite beverage is iced tea slightly sweetened. Thank you for the review. Blessings

  8. Deanna Stevens

    Diet cherry vanilla Dr. Pepper 🙂

  9. My favorite beverage is iced tea with lots of lemon.

  10. Merry

    My favorite beverage is Snapple Peach Ice Tea

  11. Brenda Murphree

    My favorite beverage is definitely Diet Coke. I have never liked tea or coffee.

  12. Martha Peace

    My favorite beverage is Pepsi

  13. Mary Preston

    It depends upon the weather, but a nice cup of tea can’t be beaten most times.

  14. Mary Herrnstein

    my favorite drink is Barq’s rootbeer year round…I also like eggnog during the Holidays…thank you for the chance to win your book!

  15. Susan Fletcher

    Favorite summer beverage – Diet Mt. Dew
    Favorite winter beverage – hot apple cider


  16. Deana

    My favorite beverage is hot chocolate with peppermint creamer.

  17. Beverly Duell-Moore

    My favorite beverage is hot spiced apple cider!

  18. Diane Wallace

    My favorite beverage is sweet tea 😀
    “The Amish Wanderer” seems to be another good book from Laura Hilton. I really enjoyed her book “The Post Card”.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win this book😊

  19. I love to drink Diet Pepsi.

  20. Debbie Hazelton

    My favorite beverage is mocha raspberry iced coffee with cream. I drink it all year even in the winter.

  21. Patricia Bond

    I love Diet Coke” with lemon in it.

  22. Becky Dempsey

    I like coffee

  23. Jackie Tessnair

    My favorite beverage is Coke.I know it isn’t a good choice but I love it.

  24. Martha Peace

    Love your books,Thanks for a chance to win

  25. Kombucha — I started brewing my own a year or so ago. Nice interview! As the Whitaker House publicist please don’t include me in the giveaway. Thank you for helping get the word out on Laura’s new book — I learned a thing or two and appreciate it!

  26. Trixi

    Hot or cold? Hot–I have my two cups of coffee in the morning & on a cold night hot tea will do. Cold–Tea or water depending. I always have my 20oz water bottle anywhere I am in the house so I can drink throughout the day.

    I’m excited for the new book by Laura! Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

  27. Coke Classic is my favorite. I try to drink water instead, but sometimes I give in to the craving!

  28. Katrina Gilkerson

    My favorite beverage is water… Can’t beat ice cold water!!

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