Shannon here: Amish romance author, Laura V. Hilton shares how she met her husband and a chance to win a copy of her latest release: A Harvest of Hearts. Comment on any post dated August 28 – Sept 2 for a chance to win. Deadline: Sept 3, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Laura:
It was a hot summer evening. I’d just gotten back to my quiet apartment in Springfield, Missouri, after visiting with Mom for the weekend.
I’d carried up the last bag—Mom kept me well supplied with groceries—when the phone rang. It was my friend, Greg, a guy who was in the College and Career class at church.
A few of us have started meeting routinely for prayer and Bible study. He asked me if I wanted to come over that night, and I refused. I was tired, etc. He said that a few were getting together to have Bible Study.
I guess I wasn’t very good at saying “no.” I asked Greg who was going to be there. He started rattling off names.
Then he said “Steve.”
He got my attention there. “Hold on. Steve who?”
He said, “Hilton.”
“He just got out of the Navy.”
Okay, a new guy. I told Greg I was on my way. And I went.
Steve and Greg and a couple other guys were playing Bible Trivia when I arrived. Greg put the game up, and everyone went out to the backyard and I got my first good look at Steve.
That’s the man you’re going to marry. I heard that as plain as day.
And I responded Don’t be ridiculous. I don’t even know him.
But that didn’t stop me from grilling Steve—asking all about him—which is very out of character for me. I remember Greg just sitting there, jaw on the ground, especially when I told Steve I bet he was the cutest doc in the Navy.
I don’t remember who else was there that night, or even what we studied in the Bible, but that meeting started a whirlwind romance. We were married three months later.
About Laura: Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools three of her children. Her two oldest children are homeschool graduates and are in college. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.
Her publishing credits include Hot Chocolate and Shadows of the Past from Treble Heart Books; a devotional in a compilation from Zondervan; and the first book “Patchwork Dreams” in her Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House released in April 2011, the second book, “A Harvest of Hearts” in September 2011, and Promised to Another in April 2012. Laura has her business degree from Ozarka and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Laura is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites. Learn more: http://laurav.hilton.blogspot.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Author-Laura-V-Hilton/161478847242512
About the book: Book 2 of the Amish of Seymour series, September 2011
Matthew Yoder volunteered to be part of the swap of Amish men from his Old Order Pennsylvania Amish Community, to the Amish community in Seymour, Missouri. There is nothing for him in Pennsylvania, as the youngest of twelve children, and the lack of farmland around Lancaster County, he felt he could make a better future in another district. Shanna Stoltzfus has been raised Amish, and couldn’t wait for her rumspringa so she could pursue her education. She hated having to quit school in the 8th grade to stay home and learn everything that makes a home run smoothly. But now she has earned her GED and is taking college courses, but her family is begging her to come home; her little sisters miss her. And there’s something about newcomer, Matthew Yoder that draws her attention. But is it enough to give up her dreams of education and join the Amish church?
Come back August 31st for Laura’s romantic interview.