I have a post today, "Writing An Amish Series" on Cindy Woolf's blog! If you leave a comment on my post, you have a chance to win a print copy of my latest Amish release, A DECISION OF FAITH. I hope you get a chance to visit! Thanks! http://cynthiawoolf.com/?page_id=291
A plane crash. Two women, strangers to each other, on the edge of dire decisions. And the changes survival makes in their lives—this is the heart of NEVER THE SAME.
Kim, a wife and mother, refuses to settle any more when it comes to love and marriage. Surviving the plane crash has cleared the fog in her head and the frustration in her life.
Tori has garnered a coveted soccer scholarship but her dreams are turning to dust—she’s discovered she’s pregnant. Before the crash her choice seemed obvious, but now, caught between her dad’s wishes and her baby’s daddy, Tori’s decision isn’t a “no-brainer” any more.
Life isn't always fair, but Kim and Tori have the chance of a lifetime...what will they do? What would you do?
I had this briefly under a different title (Precious Priorities) and cover. Several friends and family told me they liked the original title better and with going back to it, I didn't feel like the present flowery cover fit the NEVER THE SAME title! Erin Dameron-Hill designed my classy and beautiful cover. The skyline is Chicago and is the setting of my story. I hope you will buy it and write a review for me!
Review by Christian writer, Eryn Grace!
I read the book, 'Fleeting Hope' by Diane Craver and loved it! This is the third book in the Dreams of Plain Daughters series of Amish books
If you like Amish romances, you'll love this one! It's the third book of the series 'Dreams of Plain Daughters' about Ruth and David.
Ruth is an older, unmarried school marm. She had her one chance at marriage to Daniel, but he died right before they were married. Thus, she's alone.
Her neighbor, David, is a widower. Some of his children are grown, and two of them are in Ruth's class at school.
This story describes the love story between these two, and how life is different in the Amish tradition.
I really liked this book, because I grew up in Lancaster, PA, one of the biggest Amish communities around. This story, though, takes place in Ohio, but sticks to the Amish traditions I remember hearing about when I was a kid. Even though I'm not Amish, I respect that they stick to their traditions and have a strong community. Those ideas come out in this book, showing some of the struggles that they all face to remain pure to the Amish faith.
So I give this one five out of five stars! Since Amazon won't let me post a review (I've been banned), I'm writing it here.
Thank you, Ms. Craver, for telling the story of Ruth and David. It's a great book! Keep writing! I can't wait to read the fourth one, which is already out.
Thank you, Eryn, for reading FLEETING HOPE and for the awesome review!
By the way, all my books in my Dreams of Plain Daughters Series, are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Apple. The first three in the series are also available in print, and soon the fourth book will be in print too.
I baked two carrot cakes and decorated them with M & M's!
Recipe for Carrot Cake
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
3 cups finely shredded carrot* (lightly packed)
1 1/4 cup cooking oil
2 teaspoons of vanilla
1. Grease or spray 9 x 13 pan.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda; set aside.
3. In another bowl combine eggs, carrots, vanilla, and oil. Add egg mixture to flour mixture. Stir until combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
4 Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.
Ingredients for Frosting
1/2 Cup butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
To Make Frosting: In a medium bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Frost the cooled cake.
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Judith Hershberger wonders what her life would have been like had she been born into an English family instead of an Amish one. Would she be happier with the freedom to obtain more schooling as an English young woman instead of being limited to only an eighth grade Amish education?
In Judith’s Place, the second book in the Dreams of Plain Daughters Series, schoolteacher Judith Hershberger yearns to learn more despite the educational restriction imposed on her because of her Amish upbringing. Wanting more than an eighth grade education, she puts off joining the Amish faith. During her rumspringa, she’ll be able to obtain her high school diploma without being shunned. Her father is afraid Judith will leave their Amish community if she passes the GED test. He knows she’s unhappy that Amish women are expected to follow a certain path in life.
When a non-Amish college student, Eliza Dunbar, observes Judith in her classroom, a friendship between the two young women develops. Eliza gives Judith the nudge she needs to study for her GED test. Eliza wonders what it would be like to switch places with Judith to live a simple life without electricity and other modern conveniences. Judith envies Eliza because she is free to attend college.
Jacob Weaver finally gets the courage to ask Judith to go with him to a Sunday singing. Like Judith, he wants to do something that isn’t allowed in their Plain community. Jacob wants to get his driver’s license so he can drive a truck to make the deliveries for the lumberyard. He needs to earn enough money to buy his own small farm. But even though it sounds plausible, Jacob feels stress with trying to learn to drive a truck instead of a buggy. Once he accomplishes this, Jacob plans to become baptized and join the Amish church.
Will Judith decide to stay in her Amish community or will she decide to leave in order to attend college? Will Judith’s friendship with Jacob influence her as she finds her place?
A Decision of Faith is also 99 cents and the price will go up on Tuesday, February 10th, to the new release price of $4.99!
I'm happy to announce the final book in Dreams of Plain Daughters Series is now available! Grab a copy while it is only 99 cents before the price goes to $4.99. Print will be available in two weeks. My new Amish series will be The Bishop's Daughters.
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Violet Robinson grew up straddling the world of her father, a U.S. Senator, and her mother, who was raised Amish. Then Violet gets the chance to live in an Amish house without modern amenities. Violet's father hopes this will make her realize how hard an Amish life is, but the opposite happens. Especially when Violet finds herself falling for Luke.
A world apart…
Although buggy shop owner Luke King was raised Amish, he hasn’t yet been baptized into the church. He’s always felt something waited out there for him. When he meets Violet, he knows why God set him on this path. Had he already been baptized, he’d be shunned for courting the non-Amish Violet.
United by love…
While Violet’s learning the realities of living in the Amish world, Luke indulges in the opportunity to live in the English world, risking his family’s wrath. Violet fears Luke won’t be able to leave his faith. But can she live in the stricter and simpler Amish world? As the feelings between Violet and Luke grow deeper, can they overcome their dissimilar lifestyles or will their differences pull them apart? But when violence from Violet’s past threatens, they discover that faith succeeds where all else fails, and two worlds may be joined by two loving hearts.