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Are you ready for Christmas stories? Do you read them throughout the year, or are you waiting until it gets closer to Christmas? I usually only read them during the holidays, and although it’s still too warm to even feel like fall here, I am starting to think about Christmas stories. Maybe because I’m ready for cooler weather! Laura Hilton has a new Christmas novel called The Christmas Admirer, and she’s offered to tell us a little about it! Before we visit, though, let’s take a quick peek at the story.
Benaiah Troyer has loved Susanna King for as long as he can remember, but other than a lone summer filled with romantic buggy rides, marrying her remains an elusive dream. When his parents died in an accident a year ago, he broke up with her—for her own good. After all, they left him as the sole caregiver for his three younger sisters and his grandparents. What woman wants to step into a ready-made family like his? Still, he leaves her monthly gifts from “A Secret Admirer,” hoping she’ll know that someone loves her, even though he isn’t free to step forward.
Susanna has never gotten over losing Benaiah, and hopes he’s her secret admirer, but now the clock is ticking. Susanna’s father is remarrying in January and his wife-to-be doesn’t want to leave her Amish community and family in Iowa. So when Susanna’s daed sells his glass-blowing business to his right-hand man, Benaiah, she’s left with three options: 1) Go with Daed to his new home with a new frau and step-kinner, 2) Flush out her mysterious secret admirer, or 3) Resign herself to life as an old maid. She doesn’t want to follow Daed where his new frau is leading him. And number three isn’t happening. Marrying Benaiah is her greatest desire—but he broke her heart, and now he treats her like a pesky younger sister. Can she make him see her as a woman, one who could stand by his side as he cares for his family?
As Christmas approaches, Susanna and her friends start making gingerbread houses for select members of the community. Susanna plans for hers to go to Benaiah’s family. But while her gingerbread may find a home—will her heart?
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Welcome back, Laura! The Christmas Admirer sounds so fun! Who is your favorite secondary character, and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?
Becca was my favorite secondary character and I did. Her story is in a novella called Gingerbread Wishes releasing around Thanksgiving in Love’s Thankful Heart collection.
We don’t even have to wait for it! Well, not long, anyway… Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?
I have been to Jamesport, Missouri, and I chose it because it’s an Amish community, and the book she’s a secondary character in is also set there.
Do you have personal experience with any of the events in your story, and if so, could you share about that?
I think we all have lions in our life that we’re afraid to fight. And we need to trust God to help us kill the lions or to shut the lions’ mouths. I’m still fighting some of the lions, such as trusting God for bills we don’t have money to pay.
They may come in different shapes and sizes, but we certainly all face them. What appeals to you the most about the Amish?
My maternal grandparents left the Amish and I’ve always been fascinated by them. I think it’s the aura of peace around their homes that appeal too, though their lives may not be all that peaceful.
We do get that impression of peace from most Amish fiction. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you most like to go?
I’d like to go to the place where my Coastie son is stationed and have a long visit with him.
We appreciate his service, and your family’s sacrifice as he serves. I imagine that visit feels long overdue! What is your favorite dessert?
I’ve never met a cheesecake I didn’t like. Even the Jell-o brand instant kind is good.
It’s always fun to know what catches authors eyes. What are you reading right now?
Beverly Lewis’ The Proving
Awesome! Thanks so much for taking the time to visit with us today, Laura!
Your turn! What appeals to you the most about the Amish?
More about Laura:
Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with almost twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write and Putting on the New.
Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.
When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.
You can connect with Laura online:
Blogs: http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/ & http://lauravhilton.blogspot.com/
The Christmas Admirer Giveaway:
Laura has generously offered to give away a copy of The Christmas Admirer (winner’s choice of paperback or e-book). Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.