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27 January 2012

Who Wrote That Book?

*Your Clash Hostess this week is Delia Latham

Great Amish excerpts, weren't they? I enjoyed both of them tremendously. 

Your comments left no doubt...voting wasn't easy. Here's what a few of you had to say:

"I love Amish fiction, and it was really hard to choose a favorite excerpt - they are both great!"

"...Excerpt A had me hooked with the idea of a mistress coming to visit, but Excerpt B definitely gave a clearer sense of the Amish world."

"Both stories seem well written, and I liked how the second author explained the medallion quilt, then named it."

But I know you're wondering who wrote the excerpt you voted for. (Haven't read the excerpts? You can still do so here.)

And now, on to the "BIG REVEAL!"

Excerpt A: The Wonder of Your Love

by Beth Wiseman

Katie Ann lost the love of her life. But in Canaan, God offers her a new beginning. Settling in to her new life in Canaan, Colorado, Katie Ann Stoltzfus gives birth to a beautiful baby boy. The boy’s father – her estranged husband – died before their son is born. Despite his infidelities, Ivan was her one true love. She mourns his loss, vows never to trust another man, and resolves to fill the role of both mother and father to her son. Then Eli Detweiler arrives in Canaan from Middlefield, Ohio, to attend his niece’s wedding. He’s been raising his kids alone in Middlefield since his wife’s death fifteen years ago. Now each child is married, so Eli looks forward to living a less-structured life—and eating shoofly pie for breakfast every morning. There’s no one to care for except himself. When a meddling—but good-hearted—Englisch woman plays matchmaker for Katie Ann and Eli, they find themselves facing an unexpected, hopeful future…brought together by God’s wondrous love.

About the Author:

Beth Wiseman is hailed as a top voice in Amish fiction. She is a Carol-award winner and author of numerous bestsellers including the Daughters of the Promise and the Land of Canaan series. She and her family live in Texas.

Excerpt B: Falling to Pieces

(A Shipshewana Amish Mystery)
by Vannetta Chapman

In the Amish community of Shipshewana, two women—one Amish, one English—reluctantly join forces for a short-term business venture. Neither is looking for friendship, but when the town's newspaper editor is murdered, and an unexpected prime suspect is identified, the women form an unlikely alliance to solve the mystery.

About the Author:

Vannetta Chapman writes Amish novels for Abingdon Press, Zondervan, and Harvest House. She lives in a small town in central Texas with her husband and herd of deer.
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Gail Pallotta said... Friday, 27 January, 2012

Both books sounds so interesting as though they would tug at the heartstrings and keep the reader turning pages.

Gail Pallotta said... Friday, 27 January, 2012

Both books sound so interesting as though they would tug at the heartstrings and keep the reader turning pages.

Anonymous said... Friday, 27 January, 2012

I third that motion, Gail! lol

April Gardner said... Friday, 27 January, 2012

Cute, Delia! LOL
Beth and Vanetta, thank you both for being here this week. I haven't read an Amish book in too long. You've both inspired me dive back in!

Vannetta Chapman said... Saturday, 28 January, 2012

I'm excited to have my book BESIDE Miss Beth's ... and note that both of us are from the great state of Texas. Too funny ... thanks for having me on the CLASH!

Donna said... Saturday, 28 January, 2012

These are 2 of my favorite authors!! Both books are so different, with one being a mystery and the other being a romance... the thing they have in common is that both are from Amish country. Both writers are very discriptive, how could one choose?

Joann said... Saturday, 28 January, 2012

I haven't read Beth's book (sorry Beth), but Vannetta's book Falling to Pieces kept me spell bound...LOVED IT and I am waiting patiently for the next one in this series!! I do LOVE Beth's writing as well.

Joann King

lollipops said... Saturday, 28 January, 2012

I read both books. Loved one of them. I didn't vote because I knew who wrote each excerpt when I saw them up here. Congratulations to both of you

Anonymous said... Saturday, 28 January, 2012

I thought it was interesting that both authors are from Texas, as well. :)

April Gardner said... Sunday, 29 January, 2012

So now, I'm curious...are there any Amish in Texas??

Michelle said... Sunday, 29 January, 2012

I love Amish fiction! I am going to vote for Vannetta. I am a big fan of Falling to Pieces!

Anonymous said... Tuesday, 31 January, 2012

I'm not sure, April...it's a huge state, there's bound to be SOME Amish! lol

Anonymous said... Tuesday, 31 January, 2012

Love it that you are both Texas gals. I follow your blog faithfully, Vanetta! teelayoung at hotmail dot com

April Gardner said... Wednesday, 01 February, 2012

I bet there is somewhere, Delia. We always think Pennsylvania when we think Amish, but they're really everywhere!

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