Book: A Joyful Break (Dreams of Plain Daughters) by Diane Cravercategories: Book, Sweet Romance, Contemporary Romance, Inspirational, Christian, Young Love, Amish Romance
Diane Craverabout this book: My inspiration for writing this book came from my sweet late mother, Laoma Wilson. She lived a long Christian life and enjoyed being a wife, mother and grandmother. Her grandfather was a Mennonite minister, and she shared many stories about him. Even though she wasn't Amish and later wasn't Mennonite, she kept many of their Christian beliefs while attending a Protestant church.
I chose the cover with a young woman walking along on the beach because the main character, Rachel Hershberger, wants to go to the beach with her Aunt Carrie and cousin Violet. She needs to escape her home in Fields Corner before she can decide whether to become baptized and join the Amish church. She loves her boyfriend but wants to experience the non-Amish world and she is conflicted about the reason behind her mother's sudden death. The bottom of the cover shows Rachel's Plain world with a young Amish man in a buggy. The cover is perfect for the storyline.
The Amish community I've created in A JOYFUL BREAK is fictional, but exists close to Wheat Ridge which is an actual Amish community in the southern part of Ohio where I live. Before I started writing my Amish novel, I did extensive research to portray this wonderful faith as accurately as possible. I've used many rules and traditions common to the Amish way of life. However, there are differences between the various groups and subgroups of Amish communities. This is because the Amish have no central church government; each has its own governing authority.
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