Shannon here: Amish Romance author, Laura V. Hilton interviews her heroine from her latest release, The Bird House. Comment or answer the question at the end of any post dated Sept 7 – 11 to enter the drawing for a copy. Deadline: Sept 19th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Laura:
Interview with Greta Miller:
Hi. I’m Greta. I lived in Jamesport all my life. And up until four years ago, I believed I would marry Josh Yoder. Then he shamed me, leaving me and the Amish for three years. I don’t want anything to do with him. I’ve avoided him for the past year.
- Are you open to your own romance?
Yes, with anyone except Josh. Well, almost anyone. But all the good Amish men are in a relationship, it seems like. Mom and Dad don’t seem to have anyone in mind, but they tell me I have to forgive Josh. I know I need to, but I don’t trust him anymore.
- What’s the number one quality you’d require in a mate?
Trust. I would have to know he’d always be there for me, that he wouldn’t leave me in a crisis.
- What’s the number two quality you’d require in a mate?
Faithfulness. Which also goes along with trust. He’d have to be faithful to keep his word and promises.
- Where is the best place you can think of to find a mate?
I used to think my own Amish community. But maybe it’d be better to look for mates among the men who come here for weddings or funerals. Or maybe I could be a penpal with an Amish man somewhere else, like my cousin, Rachel, did.
- Where is the worst place you can think of to find a mate?
Sigh. Here at home. I know these men. I know the bad boys and the good boys. And Josh was a bad boy, though I didn’t care much at the time. Now, I should’ve seen the warning signs and ran the other way back then. But the good boys are all taken. Courting. Or married.
- What type of character traits are you attracted to?
He has to be hardworking, someone dependable. Someone trustworthy who would always be there.
- What’s the one habit or lifestyle that would make you run the other way?
Everything Josh is. Someone who woos me forever, then when he’s given the chance to kiss me, he runs. Leaves. For three years! I will never trust him again. Ever.
- Where do you dream of getting married?
At home. But I don’t think that will happen. Dad injured himself in a farming accident and now he can’t work and my brother can’t keep up with the chores. It would be a lot of work to get this place ready for a wedding.
- Where do you dream of spending your honeymoon?
Behind my house, in the woods, is a waterfall with a pool. I go there alone. It is so romantic. I dream of a small cabin built there, where I could stay with my husband. We could play in the waterfall, if it isn’t too cold (most Amish weddings are in October or November)
- What would be the best gift a potential mate could buy for you?
The gift of his time. His devotion. His work to help me, help my family. And complete and total honesty and dependability. But you can’t buy them.
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.
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About the book – The Bird House: 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?
Question for Readers: How did you spend Labor Day this year. At work or play?
Come back Sept 11th for Laura’s romantic excerpt!