(stay with me, there’s a giveaway involved!)
When I was in about 6th grade, we went on a big road trip vacation. We drove from Atlanta up the coast to New York, then straight across to Michigan. Then straight down to Georgia. We went to so many fun places and go to see a huge portion of the country.
One of my favorite places was some of the Amish country. I remember the horses and buggies driving on the side of the road (also going through the ATM!). I remember the yummy food we sampled (including Auntie Anne’s pretzels, before it was Auntie Ann’s!). But my very favorite part was a big bike trip we took through the Wisconsin Dells. The path was on an old railroad track (minus the track), we rode our bikes for 9 miles (there and back!) through beautiful scenery. The farms were so amazing–and one reason is because there were no power lines messing up the view!
I became absolutely enthralled with the Amish lifestyle. I bought two books while I was there about Amish girls and devoured them. I’m not sure what it made me feel like, but “haunting” is the first word that comes to mind. It’s a haunting and secretive, yet simple and sweet life.
So, I was excited to review a book set in an Amish community, When the Soul Mends. It’s the third in the Sisters of the Quilt series by Cindy Woodsmall. Not to mention it’s a New York Times Bestseller!
And speaking of haunting, how’s this for a synopsis?
After receiving a desperate and confusing call from her sister, Hannah Lapp reluctantly returns to the Old Order Amish community of her Pennsylvania childhood. Having fled in disgrace two years earlier, she finally has found a satisfying role in the Englischer world, as well as love with Martin Palmer, a man with whom she can safely entrust her heart. But almost immediately after her arrival in Owl’s Perch, the disapproval of those who ostracized her reopens old wounds. As Hannah is thrown together with former fiancé Paul Waddell to work for her sister Sarah’s mental health, unexpected truths surface about the events during Hannah’s absence, and she faces an agonizing decision. Will she choose the Englischer world and the man who restored her hope, or will she heed the call to return to the Plain Life—and perhaps to her first love? This intriguing final novel in the Sisters of the Quilt series is richly textured with authentic details drawn from the author’s real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families.
So, would you like to read it?! Or do you know someone who might want it for Christmas? Well, I’m giving away two copies! Just leave me a comment letting me know if you’ve ever been to Amish country. If you want some extra entries you can leave me a comment letting me know you a) subscrib(ed) to my blog b)blogged or tweeted a link to this contest!
I’ll announce the winner—uhm, Monday? And hey, if you win, don’t forget to pick up the first 2 of the series—I saw them on Amazon for like $2 used. Or buy them new and get free shipping. (I am just loving all the free shipping lately! Did you hear about free shipping day?! Seriously!!)