Sunday, July 08, 2012
Book Giveaway !!
We have a winner !!!
I didn't realise so many of my blog-readers are also secret Amish fiction fans; I enjoyed reading the comments here and the emails I received.
Shelley, who commented on the blog post is the winner, so could you please email me: orthodoxmum at gmail dot com
with your name and mailing address so I can get the book in the post to you.
I am absolutely delighted to be able to host my first ever book giveaway on The Garden Window blog !
Jerry Eicher has kindly donated and sent a *signed* copy of his book "Missing Your Smile", which is the first in his bestselling Fields of Home series; you may remember that I read, enjoyed and reviewed book 2 in this series, Following Your Heart , back in February and his stand-alone book My Dearest Naomi in April.
It has been a delight to finally find out the full story of what happened between Susan Hostetler and her two-timing, smooth-tongued fiance Thomas to prompt her to leave her Amish home and family to live in the city of Asbury Park and attempt to carve out a new life for herself in the Englisha world. Despite its strangeness and very real dangers, Susan begins to find her feet in this unfamiliar new world.
She finds employment, friendship with young folk of her own age, learns to drive - though not without some hair-raising experiences both for her and her patient coach Robbie, embarks on a possible romance with a young businessman, studies and gains qualifications. Her avowed aim, to leave her Amish background far in the past, seems to be going well - until she meets a troubled young pregnant woman living in miserable circumstances and involved with a no-good boyfriend. Teresa is desperate to find a good, loving and deeply Christian home for her unborn baby and asks Susan's help to find a suitable Amish family.
Susan wants to help, but fears the repercussions a visit to her community will have on her new life. She knows how desperately her parents have missed her from their loving and poignant letters to her but can she bear to go back once more and leave the world of Asbury Park behind? Or can she bear to put her family through the pain of having to part from her once again?
So much of this book resonates deeply. Early on in the book, her parents' very real pain and anguish, wanting what is best for their youngest daughter and also wanting to follow what is God's Will reduced me to tears. Susan's struggle to get used to the idea of using electricity and her fear of using the microwave was both touching and utterly believable. Jerry Eicher was born and raised Amish himself, and the book is filled with authenticity about both the Amish and Englisha worlds. Both worlds are depicted realistically, warts and all, and unlike in many Amish-themed books, Susan's choice is not a clearcut one.
If you would like to enter the draw for the book, just leave a comment here or email me at orthodox mum at g mail dot com by 6pm GMT on Sunday 15th July :-)