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Amish Monroe

I have minimalists friends. They live and decorate their home sparingly. Don’t subscribe to the newspaper – read it at our public library. I respect people who try to live simply or resist over-scheduling, over-technology, and over-abundance. Those who live off the land are my favorite. My grandpa retired from a factory to become a… Read More

Amish Funeral Traditions

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I’m happy to announce that I recently finished my first mystery novel. How a romance writer got into mystery writing is a story for another day, but it was both fun and challenging. This is a cozy mystery, but there has to be a murder, right? The person who dies in my mystery is Amish… Read More

Harness Lessons – Amish Style


Way back in 2005, a sign in Plain City, Ohio caught my attention: Harness Shop, Closed Sunday. At the time, I was writing historical fiction about the Underground Railroad, and I knew that long before the Reverend John Rankin had aided slaves as they escaped to freedom, he’d worked with leather in his father’s shop,… Read More

Enter to win an Amish basket


In celebration of the February release of my novel Minding Molly—inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays—I have a giveaway contest going through this Saturday, February 15th. Hop on over to my website to enter and in the comments tell me what your favorite flower is. We may not all… Read More

Love Is In The Air


In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would share some of the ways the Amish celebrate this day of love. So many times we focus on the ways that the Amish are different from us English folk. Electricity, modes of transportation, even the way we dress. But there are ways that we’re the same!… Read More

Amish History: The Cold, Hard Facts


Since Promise to Return has been published, I have heard more often than anything else, “I’ve never given the Amish in this era any thought” or “I didn’t know the Amish were conscientious objectors” or “I didn’t know the Amish were allowed to be drafted.” These range of statements and many other questions have encouraged me… Read More

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