ABOUT AUTHOR: MINDY STARNS CLARK is the author of many books, which include the popular Smart Chick Mysteries and Whispers of the Bayou. In addition, Mindy's plays and musicals have been featured in schools and churches across the United States.
ABOUT AUTHOR: LESLIE GOULD began writing Amish fiction by co-authoring with the amazing Mindy Starns Clark. Their first novel in the best-selling The Women of Lancaster County series, The Amish Midwife, was #1 on both the CBA and ECPA lists and is also a Christy Award winner for 2012. The Amish Bride follows The Amish Nanny and is the third novel in the series.
Besides co-authoring three novels with Mindy, Leslie has written eleven other books, including Beyond the Blue, winner of the Romantic Times Book Club Magazine Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Inspirational Novel in 2006. Her first solo Amish novel, Courting Cate, releases in the fall. It’s a retelling of “The Taming of the Shrew.”
Leslie received her master of fine arts in creative writing from Portland State University in 2009 and has taught fiction as an adjunct professor at Multnomah University. She lives with her husband, Peter, and their four children in Portland, Oregon. Besides researching the Amish, Leslie and her husband enjoy traveling, watching soccer, and serving as committee members for Portland Young Life Central.
Leslie is also an Army Reserve spouse. Her husband recently served for a year in Afghanistan commanding a field hospital. She’s very grateful to have him home.
Please visit www.lesliegould.comfor more information.
The Amish Bride
A long-lost painting… a journal with a secret code…
a father’s mysterious return …
Mennonite-raised Ella Bayer will encounter all of these in pursuit of her biggest dreams: marry her Amish boyfriend, Ezra, and operate her own bakery. Headstrong and independent, Ella is determined to reach her goals no matter what it takes.
Ezra adores Ella as well, despite his family’s objections. Hoping distance will cool the romance, they make plans for him to leave home. But when Ella’s estranged father returns to Lancaster, she escapes with Ezra to Indiana—and ends up at a farm linked to her great-grandmother’s coded journal. There, her attempts to break that code are aided by Luke Kline, a thoughtful Amish farmhand.
Ella’s difficult journey of self-discovery leaves her grappling with the past and questioning the future. Will she become Ezra’s Amish bride? Or does God have something else in mind for the proud and feisty young woman who is used to doing things her way?
MANDATORY. MUST ANSWER ONE OF THE QUESTIONS TO ENTER THE DRAWING!
Q1. The Amish Bride is the third novel in The Women of Lancaster series that I’ve co-authored with Mindy Starns Clark. Is there a project in your life that you’ve collaborated on that exceeded your expectations? What did you like the most about collaborating? (I’ll share my experiences working with Mindy after you share yours. ☺)
Q2. In The Amish Bride, when the main character, eighteen-year-old Ella, moves to a different community God begins to teach her new things about herself and others. What was a time in your life when God “moved” you to a new place (geographical or emotional)? What spiritual things did He teach you? (I have an example to share from my own life, when I was also 18. ☺)
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This month I moved to my own apartment after 43 years of marriage, first time I've lived on my own. God gave me the courage to do it.
Back in Feb 2010 I moved to Danville Va to be near my daughter and grandchildren. I live in an apartment and it is the first time in my life I have lived alone. I have always cooked for a large family and now just for one. I am 68 yrs old and moving on with my life and learning new experiences each day with God;s help. A few years ago I collaborated a blog with a friend of mine on our lives in the Canal Zone when we were young and growing up there.
Thank you, Sharon. Your story touched me. And I love the idea of your blog with your friend. Is it still online?
Q2-We moved from Ohio to KY, leaving behind an adult child. He was 19 and married with a small child.
We left as a family(two teenagers), leaving behind the 19 year old was difficult. Our youngest son, was 15 at the time and he had a difficult time adjusting to a new high school. Until he graduated, my stress level was up quite a bit with the constant worrying over this child, he was very depressed. He and I both gained weight during these years. Life eventually got better when he graduated from high school and moved on to college.
Glad that time is over! I am not sure what was learned except to eventually (through much patience) adapt to a new life. Our 19 year old probably learned the most about growing up without family around and really having to make it on his own.
2. God is moving me now emotionally in my life. There are things that God is showing me, more so now, about myself that aren't too pretty. Things I need to change in my marriage, in my spiritual life. And it is scary. But in the end I pray God gets me to that place He wants me, and I don't fight back.
God is showing me things about myself that aren't pretty too. :( Thank you for your honesty and encouragement.
I would like to enter this contest but I can't say that either of these situtations has happened to me. I guess when I was asked to be the director for VBS one year, I was very nervous as I had not done this before and with the help of the people who had been doing this for years it all came together and was a successful VBS.
About 6 years ago we experienced a very traumatic and painful experience with our son who was in his 20's. I felt my whole world falling apart emotionally. During this time God enveloped me in His arms and held me and my son close through all the pain. Both my son and I have grown closer to God through this addiction. Now my son is married and has 2 beautiful sons. When I thought my world was falling apart. . .it was only beginning. I have learned that God is faithful to stand with us through all the storms this life brings upon us.
Thank you for this opportunity to win "The Amish Bride".
Blessings to you.
Reading this made me teary. I have three young-adult children and a teenager. These years can be so challenging. What a blessing to hear of God bringing your son through and the blessings of your grandsons. Blessings to you, dear one.
I moved to a small town as a single, shy 23 year old woman knowing no one in that community. I grew by leaps and bounds in the two years I lived there. When I left I had so much more confidence and wasn't shy any more (still quiet). I also grew spiritually there as I learned to make my faith truly my own. I had many close friends there that helped me grow spiritually too. Our gatherings of the singles rarely ended without time in prayer. It was a priceless time in my life. Even though it has been many, many years since I left there, I still keep in touch with many of the friends I made.
Love your series, Leslie. You and Mindy have collaborated on a great series of books. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed writing novellas. Writing can be so solitary -- yet novellas give a chance to collaborate because they involve mixed and cross-over characters, plots, etc. Really enjoyed that aspect.
Thank you, Cara, you sweet thing! I haven't read any of your novellas yet--but I'm going to!