CBD, CBA, and ECPA bestselling author of 35 books (including new series upcoming for Abingdon Press in 2011/2012) including fiction and non-fiction books for Abingdon Press, Thomas Nelson, Harlequin, and other publishers.
I sold three films to HBO/Cinemax and am the first winner of the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award.
My two novellas won the 2nd and 3rd place in the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest from the Faith, Love, and Hope chapter of RWA. Both were finalists for the novella category of the Carol Award of the American Christian Writers Award (ACFW).
Mary Katherine is caught between the traditions of her faith and the pull of a different life. When Daniel, an Amish man from Florida, arrives, Mary Katherine feels drawn to him and curious abour the life he leads away from Lancaster County. But her longtime friend Jacob has fallen in love with her and he's afraid of losing Mary Katherine to this outsider. Will the conflicted Mary Katherine be lost to the Englisch world or to Daniel who may take her away to Florida? Or will she embrace her Amish faith and recognize Jacob as the man she should marry and build a life with?
Naomi knows she should be excited about her upcoming wedding but she remains unmoved. Not only are her feelings for her fiance lackluster but she believes he may see her more as a servant than a partner. And he's so controlling. Is it too late to back out of the marriage? While praying for God's guidance, Naomi takes a break from her duties as a quilter and travels with her grandmother to Pinecraft, Florida. Along the way Naomi finds herself becoming attracted to Nick, their Englisch driver and friend, and the two begin to fall in love. The journey soon becomes one in which Naomi explores her most secret dream for love. But can she veer off the "safe" path she'd envisioned for her life to marry Nick?
After the wedding of her cousin Naomi, knitter Anna, a widow, finds herself missing love and the closeness of a husband. She feels a special connection with her grandmother as they both struggle to go on with life. Is Anna on the verge of finding happiness when she realizes Gabriel Beiler is interested in her? Love begins to warm Anna's heart, but will she be so afraid of losing someone that she gives up the second chance that God has provided?
Englischer Jenny King returns to her Amish grandmother's home to recuperate from injuries she sustained overseas as a war correspondent. She's reunited with Matthew Bontrager, the Amish man she loved when they were teenagers. Will they be able to heal the pain both suffered when she left years ago? Library Journal called it, "A fine example of Amish fiction with likeable characters and even pacing."
Christopher Marlowe travels to Paradise, Pennsylvania, to speak with Jenny who he met while recovering from a bombing while serving as a soldier. There he meets Hannah, Jenny’s sister-in-law, and the two are immediately attracted. But can they overcome their differences? Matthew is one of the walking wounded, and Hannah is a spirited young woman who has been raised Amish. A reviewer wrote, “Like its predecessor, A Time to Heal hits on hard themes, such as doing the right thing even when it hurts, forgiveness, and trying to understand God’s will. This is Amish fiction with an edge.”
Jenny Bontrager tells herself she should be happy: she has converted to the Amish faith, married her true love, Matthew Bontrager, and is mother to his three children. But she longs for a child – just one child – of her own. Her unhappiness as months pass and she doesn’t become pregnant are affecting her marriage. And when one day she finds that her grandmother and Matthew have kept a secret from her, she is devastated. Can she forgive them and the God who she feels isn’t listening to her prayers for a child?
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In my novella, One Child, two couples, one Amish, one Englisch, share Christmas as a snowstorm rages outside. In one dramatic night they will learn about each other and despite their differences, come together to help one child come into the world. Click here to read Chapter One of "One Child"!
It's been too long since Rebecca has done what she loves -- put on her skates and fly across the ice. Five years have passed since a winter accident took her twin Lizzie and left Rebecca heartbroken. And Ben has waited for her all that time. At last she's starting to heal. But has too much time passed for their hearts to reconnect?