When I first started writing Amish fiction, I had a short story
in mind about a master quilter from Apple Creek, Ohio who
found God, a little lost child, and a new life in the heart of a
snowstorm. When I showed the story to my agent, he
encouraged me to turn it into a full-length series of three books.
Now, three years later, the last of those books, Jenny’s Choice, has
been released and I am still telling the story of the Hershbergers
and the Springers. The setting has moved from Apple Creek to
Paradise, Pennsylvania, but the characters and the stories are part
of an ongoing thread that has captured my heart and kept me
busy since 2010.
When I was writing the Apple Creek Dreams series, I was
going to tell the stories of Jerusha Springer, her adopted
daughter, Jenny, and then Jenny’s daughter, Rachel. But I fell in
love with the character of Jenny, and then there were two books
about Jenny where I had only planned on one.
Now I finally get to tell Rachel’s story. It’s a different kind of
story, but then I’m not exactly known in Amish circles as
someone who writes a typical Amish novel. I think that’s
because I read too many Zane Grey books when I was a kid. His
books had adventure, mystery, and danger and, for those of you
expecting a typical light-hearted romance dressed in Amish
clothing, you will certainly find far more than that in this story,
so be prepared. But Grey was also one of the best romance
writers that ever put pen to paper and, in the end, good Amish
fiction has to have romance, and plenty of it.
So sit back and enjoy The Amish Heiress, and remember, in
the end, stories should be about love: love between people and
ultimately, they should be about the love our God had for us
when He sent His own son to solve the dilemma of the ages and
bring peace and joy to our hearts. And that is the greatest story