Bonus Scene from Her Brother’s Keeper

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As promised, here is a deleted scene from HER BROTHER’S KEEPER by Beth Wiseman!

Her-Brothers KeeperCharlotte closed Big Red’s door. She’d named the 1957 truck Big Red since it was a beast of a vehicle, powerful in its own right, with enough dents to show wear and tear through the decades. Manipulating the stick-shift had put muscles on Charlotte’s arms that she didn’t know she had.

She walked around to the passenger side of the vehicle and got inside. “I’ve never sat on this side.” She pulled the door closed and smiled.

“You promise not to tell Lena, ya?” Amos climbed inside like a kid with a new toy.

Charlotte ran a pretend zipper across her lips. “Mum’s the word.”

Every time Charlotte had driven the antique Chevy, she’d seen Amos’s face light up with envy. He’d taken the old truck in trade for some money an Englisch man owed him. Until Charlotte needed a vehicle, Big Red had been aging back behind the Kings’ barn.

Amos was a quiet man, but never without a shortage of surprises. Charlotte had introduced him to sushi, and it was now his favorite food. She picked up the raw fish for him in town whenever she could. Amos was like a father to her, and the older man treated Charlotte like a daughter. And apparently, he’d always wanted to drive the 1957 truck he’d given to Charlotte. She showed him how to start Big Red.

“Now hold the clutch down with your left foot.” Charlotte showed him where each gear was by moving the stick-shift on the floor. “Now, slowly ease your foot off the clutch while you push the gas.”

Amos grinned from ear to ear, and then he killed the truck, the way most first-timers do when learning to drive a standard vehicle. “Bah,” he said, scowling.

“Try again.” Charlotte reached into her purse to make sure she had remembered to get her cell phone, then the truck jerked forward—fast. She grabbed the cracked dashboard with both hands.

“Second gear!”

Amos grinded the truck into second gear.

“Turn! Turn!” Charlotte squeezed her eyes closed as Amos plowed through the fence and into the field. If he didn’t want his wife to know about his adventure, he probably shouldn’t have driven a path into the cornfield.

But as Amos laughed, Charlotte couldn’t help but laugh along with him.

“Maybe we can go for sushi after this!” he bellowed.

“Why not?” Charlotte chuckled. She was so grateful to have this man in her life, along with Lena, Hannah, and Jacob. And now she could add Daniel to that list, the man she hoped to marry some day.


Beth WisemanBeth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. Having sold over 1.3 million books, her novels have held spots on the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Bestseller List and the CBA (Christian Book Association) Bestseller List.

She was the recipient of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011 and 2013. She is a three-time winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and an INSPY Award winner. In 2013 she took home the coveted Holt Medallion. Her first book in the Land of Canaan series–Seek Me With All Your Heart–was selected as the 2011 Women of Faith Book of the Year. Beth is contracted with HarperCollins Christian Publishing into the year 2018, and she has published twelve novels and nine novellas to date.




Amish Secrets Revealed by Beth Wiseman

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Beth Wiseman has a new book releasing called LOVE BEARS ALL THINGS (An Amish Secrets Novel). Today she is stopping by and sharing myth-busting facts/secrets about the Amish. Join us tomorrow when a deleted scene from HER BROTHER’S KEEPER will be “revealed” exclusively on Destination Amish!

Five Secrets or little known facts about the Amish:

1. The driver of an Amish buggy can be pulled over by police for driving intoxicated.

2. 80-90% of Amish children choose to stay in their church community following their rumschpringe (running around period).

3. Due to high birthrates, the Amish population doubles in size every twenty years.

4. While the Amish don’t like to pose for pictures, most of them aren’t opposed to being captured on film in their natural surroundings.

5. Many Amish families would be considered wealthy by ‘Englisch’ standards. Most are living in houses that have been occupied by generations, thus no mortgage. They don’t buy cars, and they are self-sufficient, raising their own cattle and farming their land. They make their own clothes, soaps, and other personal items.


Amish Secrets Revealed by Beth WisemanCould God be offering Charlotte a second chance at true love?

Charlotte Dolinsky needs time to recover after breaking up with her boyfriend, Ryan. But when a surprise visitor shows up on her doorstep in Texas, she’s forced to put aside her own worries to help her Amish friends in Lancaster County. Soon she is entangled in a web of deception—and this time, she isn’t the only one keeping secrets.

Daniel Byler struggles each day in his Amish community to heal from his fiancée’s betrayal. When he discovers that a member of his family is in danger of being shunned, his pain turns to fear. His only way to help is by partnering with Charlo­tte, a woman he barely knows who has already deceived them all before.

Charlotte begins building a friendship with Daniel that she’ll need to lean on when more surprises surface from her past and she once again finds herself torn between two worlds. Will Charlotte’s friends in the Amish community be able to show her the power of redemption and lead her home? And can she help young Jacob realize that God offers second chances at happiness when she isn’t even sure herself?




Introducing the Main Characters from The Courtship Basket by Amy Clipston

Courtship BasketThe Courtship Basket, which is the second in my Amish Heirloom series, will release on June 28.

In this story, readers will get to know Rachel, who is twenty-two and the middle sister in the Fisher family. Rachel is devastated when she finds out her boyfriend and best friend have been seeing each other behind her back. She takes a position as a teacher in an Amish school to help heal her heart. She’s impulsive and quick-tempered, but she has a good heart. She doesn’t trust men, pours all of her energy into being a good teacher, and is certain that she’ll never find love again. Rachel has dark hair and eyes and is approximately five-foot-seven. I imagine her as looking like American actress Hayley Orrantia.

Michael “Mike” Lantz is 24 and works at his father’s lawn ornament business with his cousin and uncle. He has the responsibility of caring for his sickly father and 6-year-old brother, John. His stepmother died while giving birth to John. Mike is a loner. He’s hardworking and focused. He’s also steadfast in his Amish faith. He doesn’t think he’ll ever find a woman to love him since he has the responsibility of caring for his father and brother. He has a difficult time asking for help, but he will accept help from his cousins who come to the house to cook, clean, and tend to his father while he’s at work. He’s six-foot-two with blond hair and blue eyes. I imagine him as looking like Australian actor Chris Hemsworth.

Although all of my books are very special to me, this book is particularly close to my heart because it touches on the topic of kidney disease. My husband, Joe, has had two kidney transplants. Five years ago, Joe received his second transplant through a swap, where I donated to someone and Joe received a kidney in exchange. I dedicated this book to Nyeisha and Eric, who were part of our kidney donation swap. Both Joe and Nyeisha struggled with kidney disease similar to how Raymond Lantz does in the story.

I hope you enjoy The Courtship Basket!


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Amy Clipston has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her fiction writing “career” began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. She is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery series with Zondervan, which is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. An advocate for organ and blood donation, Amy donated a kidney in 2011 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Through her donation, her husband received a second kidney transplant.

Amy and her husband matched another couple and swapped kidneys with them. Amy’s memoir, A Gift of Love, will be available in early 2014. She hopes her story inspires others to become organ and blood donors. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and four spoiled rotten cats. You can find her on the web at www.AmyClipston.com or on Facebook.