When I’m writing a novel, one of my goals is to put enough Pennsylvania Dutch into the books that readers get the feel of the language as well as a sense of being inside the Amish world. A few readers have asked for the pronunciation of some of those words. They’ve also asked why different… Read more »
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One sunny spring day, my husband and I were welcomed into the home of an Old Order Amish woman. Her old brick farmhouse was filled with her people, except for my husband and me. They talked among themselves in their “native” language, Pennsylvania Dutch, but when they spoke to us, they used English. The… Read more »
This giveaway is now closed. THANK YOU to everyone who participated!! Congratulations to Bonnie of Warren, Minnesota! She is the winner of the Amish-made wall hanging and an autographed copy of A Love Undone. Join me TUESDAY for a Facebook party to celebrate the release of A LOVE UNDONE! I’ll chat with you live on… Read more »
A Love Undone, releasing September 9, is a fictionalized account taken from some events that happened within the Amish community. It’s a story of good people living by faith and love, but they are also snared by heartache…and temptation. This novel has been on my mind and heart for a lot of years. The… Read more »
Congratulations to the five winners, each winning a two-book set which includes The Dawn of Christmas and A Love Undone: Joan of South Dakota, Brenda of Mississippi, Donna of South Carolina, June of Texas, and Cheryl of Iowa. *A Love Undone Releases September 9, 2014! My desire to write what I used to call “Andy’s… Read more »
A couple of questions I’ve fielded numerous times are: why do the Amish use prepackaged foods in their recipes? Don’t they care about their health and that of their families? Is it authentic for a culture as old fashioned as the Amish to cut corners by using prepackaged foods? I’ve talked to several Old Order… Read more »