Patrick E. Craig’s stories are an uplifting exploration of deep and growing faith in the midst of trials and desperate situations. They are a new and different approach to contemporary Amish fiction.
Patrick E. Craig is a lifelong writer and musician who left a successful songwriting and performance career in the music industry to follow Christ in 1984. He spent the next twenty-six years as a worship leader, pastor, and seminar speaker in churches and at retreats, seminars, and conferences all across the Western United States. After ministering for a number of years in music and worship to a circuit of small churches in Northern California, he is now concentrating on writing and publishing both fiction and non-fiction books.
in 2011 he signed a three-book deal with Harvest House Publishers to publish his Apple Creek Dreams series. The books are historical Amish fiction and include, A Quilt for Jenna, The Road Home, and The Amish Heiress. Patrick is represented by the Steve Laube Agency.
Rachel Hershberger’s life in Paradise, Pennsylvania is far from happy. Her papa struggles with a terrible event from the past and his emotional instability has created an irreparable breach between them. Rachel’s one desire is to leave the Amish way of life and Paradise forever. Then her prayers are answered. Rachel discovers that the strange, key-shaped red birthmark above her heart identifies her as the heir to a vast fortune left by her Englischer grandfather, Robert St. Clair. If Rachel will marry a suitable descendent of the St. Clair family she will inherit an enormous sum of money. But Rachel does not know that behind the scenes is her long dead grandfather's sister-in-law, Augusta St. Clair, a vicious woman who will do anything to keep the fortune in her own hands. Augusta’s grandson, Gerald proposes marriage and Rachel, seeing a way out of the turmoil of her life, agrees. At first everything seems perfect, but as the days pass, Rachel realizes that enormous wealth and a godless, loveless marriage will never compare to the plain ways of her people and the true love of a faithful Amish boy. And as the deceptions and intrigues of the St. Clair family bind her in their web, Rachel realizes that her change of heart may have come too late.
Rachel Hershberger’s life in Paradise, Pennsylvania is far from happy. Her papa's emotional instability has created an irreparable breach between them. Rachel’s one desire is to leave Paradise forever. Then Rachel discovers that the strange, key-shaped birthmark above her heart identifies her as the heir to a vast fortune left by her Englischer grandfather, Robert St. Clair. But Rachel does not know that behind the scenes is Augusta St. Clair, a vicious aunt who will do anything to keep the fortune. Caught in a web of deception, Rachel realizes her terrible mistake. But has her change of heart come too late?
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BOOK TWO|THE PARADISE CHRONICLES|A TALE OF THE EARLY AMERICAN AMISH
Opahtuhwe, White Deer, is the beautiful daughter of the most powerful Chief of the Delaware tribe. She is revered by her people as a true Indian Princess. Everything changes when the murderous renegade Ehèntawisèk brings three Amish prisoners to the Delaware camp. The only survivors of the brutal massacre of most of the Hershberger family perpetrated by the renegade known as Scar, Jonathan and Joshua Hershberger are twin brothers that Ehèntawisèk is determined to adopt and teach the Indian way. The third prisoner is Jonas Hershberger, who has been made a slave because he would not defend his family against the Indians who murdered his wife, two daughters and younger son. White Deer is drawn to Jonathan but his hatred of the Indians causes him to push her away. Joshua’s gentle heart and steadfast refusal to abandon the Amish faith lead White Deer to a life-changing decision and rejection by her people. In the end, White Deer must choose between the ways of her people and her new-found faith. And complicating it all is her undying love for the man who can only hate her.
BOOK THREE|THE PARADISE CHRONICLES|A TALE OF THE BIRTH OF THE HERSHBERGER FAMILY
Princess Isabella has been raised to a life of great wealth and leisure in the Polish Royal Court. She is destined to marry a king. But fate or divine providence intervenes when she meets Johann Hershberger, the young Anabaptist stable-hand who works for her father. His strength, kindness, and faith win her heart and together they flee to the city of Meunster, Germany, where a great revolution is underway. The Anabaptists, under Jan Mathys, have taken over the city and declared it the Kingdom of God on earth. Isabella and Johann are married and Johann joins in the revolution. But the excesses and sins of the leaders soon turn him away to the path of peace taught by Menno Simons. The Hershbergers try to escape, but the city is surrounded by the troops of the Catholic Bishop Prince, Franz von Waldek, who has been paid by Isabella’s father to return the princess at all costs. At the height of the battle, Isabella and Johann and their infant son are captured by von Waldek, and Isabella must make a choice that could change the course of European history.
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Vannetta and I connected because we both write Amish Fiction for Harvest House Publishers. I was drawn into her writing when I had the privilege of drafting an endorsement for her cozy Amish Mystery, Murder, Simply Brewed. I was delighted to find another Amish author who strayed outside the boundaries of your normal light-hearted Amish romance and was willing to delve into the realms of suspense, mystery and even murder in her books. So click on Vannetta’s picture and read the in-depth interview I did with this exciting and prolific writing talent.
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