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Why are You Drawn to the Amish Lifestyle?

The Promise Box

Every year, young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive ‘resident’ status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides! In The Promise Box, the second book of the Seven […]

How an Amish Novel is Born: The Truth Behind the Fiction

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Think all novels are purely fiction? Think again. Every great novel starts with a bit of fact. My first Amish novel, Beside Still Waters, started with more than that. A few years ago I was asked if I’d ever consider writing an Amish novel. The truth is, I hadn’t. But as I pondered it, I […]

‘Promise to Return’ | A Q&A

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Why did decide to you write Promise to Return? As long as I can remember I’ve heard stories that my grandpa (Daudy—Freeman Coblentz) told us about his time at the Civilian Public Service (the camps for the pacifists during WWII). It wasn’t until I was much older that I realized the enormity of what our […]

A Q&A with Amy Clipston about ‘A Hopeful Heart’

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What is A Hopeful Heart about? In A Hopeful Heart—the first book in my new Amish series called the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel—Hannah Glick, a recently widowed Old Order Amish woman, struggles to support her three children after unexpectedly losing her husband. When she meets a nice Englisher (non-Amish man) at the luxury […]

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