Hope in the Land by Olivia Newport

hope in the landHope is a word we use casually. We hope for nice weather. We hope for that check to arrive in time. We hope to meet a deadline. We hope someone else will keep a promise made to us. We hope there will be no traffic jam on the way to an important appointment. We hope our insurance rates will not go up after a fender bender. We hope for a nice fat tax refund.

But we all know that hope runs deeper than any of these ordinary wishes that often (though not always) are about own own convenience more than anything else.

Hope comes down to being able to see past current circumstances, which may not be within our control, and grasp a vision of meaningful life on the other side.

I’ve always wanted to write a novel set during the Depression, and hope seemed like the perfect theme to explore while writing about such desperate times for so many people. Not everyone suffered to the same degree, but between the economic crash in 1929 and the raging dust storms of the mid-1930s, it wasn’t an easy time. My mother was born in 1926, and when I listen to stories of her growing years in rural Arkansas, I feel in my bones how hard times were. Her father lost his furniture store to the economic downturn. Then while the family lived with my great-grandparents and their belongings were stored on someone else’s property, fire destroyed everything they had. My mother remembers depending on donated bags of beans or rice to keep the large family fed.

After I began writing historical Amish novels, I wasn’t sure the niche would ever intersect with my interest in the Depression. And then I stumbled on a footnote in something I was reading that directed me to a large study of farm wives and their contributions to the resilience of farms during the Depression. Amish wives in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, participated in the research.

Bingo! I had my historical hook.

The resulting story is Hope in the Land, which releases April 1, 2016. The title captures the book on multiple levels—the hope that comes from living close to the land, the hope that rises from neighbor helping neighbor, the hope so badly needed across the country.

Here’s a bit more about the book:

When Henry Edison turns up in Lancaster County to survey farm women about their domestic contributions during the 1930s, the last thing Amish housewife Gloria Grabill has time for is the government agent’s unending questions. Gloria’s hands are already full with a farm to run alongside her husband, a houseful of children, and an English neighbor, Minerva Swain, who has been trying Gloria’s patience for forty years. Gloria’s oldest daughter, Polly, wants nothing more than the traditional path of an Amish farmer’s wife, but everything she does seems to push Thomas Coblentz further away. While the Great Depression shadows the country in gloom, can Amish and English neighbors in Lancaster County grasp the goodness that will sustain hope?

Hope is central to the Christian faith. It is the thread that runs through the entire narrative of the Bible. We hope in God not just for answered prayer to our benefit but for God’s redeeming presence in all our moments and all our days. And because of this, we are able to see through the tunnels to the light on the other side and know that we are loved and cherished by the author of hope.

May Hope in the Land be a story that helps you see hope in your own life and, even more, the ways that you can bring hope into someone else’s.


WANT TO WIN A COPY OF HOPE IN THE LAND? Olivia is giving away a copy to one lucky reader!

To enter leave a comment for Olivia. For an EXTRA chance share this post and leave a comment if you do.

Giveaway starts today, Thursday, March 24th and ends Thursday, March 31st.

*Giveaway is only open to US residents*


Olivia Newport is the author of the Valley of Choice series of Amish stories and the ongoing collection of Amish Turns of Time, which includes Wonderful Lonesome, Meek and Mild, and Brightest and Best. Hope in the Land releases April 2016.

 

55 Comments

  1. Judy Kramer
    March 24, 2016

    I would really like to read this book so I hope I win !!!!!! Thank You for writing it.

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  2. Joan Green
    March 24, 2016

    Would love to win

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  3. Susan Simpson
    March 24, 2016

    Sounds like a great book. Would love to win a copy!

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  4. amy guillaume linderman
    March 24, 2016

    this sounds like a really wonderful story to read!

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  5. amy guillaume linderman
    March 24, 2016

    shared the post on FB

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  6. Debbie Pisciotta
    March 24, 2016

    I have so many Hopes, maybe 1 day .

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  7. Loretta Shumpert
    March 24, 2016

    Enjoyed reading about your parents time. I’ve only ever just heard about it. I absolutely will read this, hoping that I can win it. Thank you for an opportunity.

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    1. Olivia Newport
      March 24, 2016

      It’s a fascinating period of history, but people who lived through it even as children are now among the elderly. I hope many of them have told their stories to their families.

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  8. Loretta Shumpert
    March 24, 2016

    Sharing this

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  9. Phyllis
    March 24, 2016

    I really have enjoyed your books and would love to win this one. Thanks and God Bless.

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  10. Myrtle Thorn
    March 24, 2016

    Hope in the New Land has a spot reserved on my bookshelf. Sounds like a great story. Thank you for this wonderful chance.

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  11. Lucy Reynolds
    March 24, 2016

    Love your books and would be blessed to win it. Have a blessed Easter. Thank you for the chance. I shared.

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  12. Barbara Prisinzano
    March 24, 2016

    Hope ” we all have rom for Hope. !! Sharing the Book of Hope !! Good luck to All !!

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  13. Hannah Kilpatrick
    March 25, 2016

    I would love to win this book! Shared!

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    1. Hannah Kilpatrick
      March 25, 2016

      Ok could not share 🙁

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  14. Melissa
    March 25, 2016

    This looks and sounds so good, I have hope for so many things, I’m holding on too everyday.

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  15. Melissa
    March 25, 2016

    I also shared post.
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  16. Anonymous
    March 25, 2016

    Love your books. Thanks for the contest.

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  17. Charlotte
    March 25, 2016

    Love your books. Thanks for the contest.

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  18. marta
    March 25, 2016

    so nice to let us try to win a copy of the book, love amish books!
    unfortunately is open only for Us people. 🙁
    ciao, marta , from italy

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  19. Martha Peace
    March 25, 2016

    Love your books,would love to win

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  20. Liz Vander Lee
    March 25, 2016

    I have LOVED this series, and look forward to this fourth installment. Shared!

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  21. Amy Bateman
    March 25, 2016

    I’ve loved all the Turns of Time books and can’t wait to read this one. I’ve learned so much about different Amish historical events through them.

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  22. Carolyn Jefferson
    March 25, 2016

    I’d love to win a copy of Hope In The Land, by Olivia Newport.
    Blessings,
    Carolyn J.

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  23. Jean Smith
    March 25, 2016

    Sounds like a great read!

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  24. Jean Smith
    March 25, 2016

    Shared

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  25. Cynthia Adams
    March 25, 2016

    This book sounds amazing. I can’t wait to read it.

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  26. Cynthia Fisher Adams
    March 25, 2016

    Shared

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  27. Pam W.
    March 25, 2016

    I would love to win and read this book!

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  28. Cindi Laughlin
    March 25, 2016

    Love all your books!! Hope I win!!

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  29. Linda D. McFarland
    March 25, 2016

    Hope is my word for 2016. Scripture abounds with references to hope. Hope brightens each day. Hope in the Land sounds like a good read. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  30. Donna Harmon
    March 25, 2016

    I HAVE to read this! I’ve always wanted to write about my great grandmother & grandmother during the the depression. They grew up in rural Arkansas and I have always been fascinated by stories I was told. It would be awesome to win a copy!

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  31. Donna Harmon
    March 25, 2016

    I shared on Facebook!

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  32. Deborah Hazelton
    March 25, 2016

    This books sounds great! Can hardly wait to read it. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  33. Deborah Hazelton
    March 25, 2016

    Shared!

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  34. Sally Davison
    March 25, 2016

    Sounds so good, I’d love to win this book!

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  35. joy
    March 25, 2016

    I can’t wait to share this book with my Mom. She is a big reader especially since
    we lost my Dad in June it helps her get her mind of things. Have a Happy Easter!

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  36. Betty Hallett
    March 25, 2016

    Hope I win—-Love ALL amish books

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  37. Tammy Courts
    March 25, 2016

    Thanks for the chance to win! Love Amish books!

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  38. Tammy Courts
    March 25, 2016

    Shared

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  39. Joan Kurth
    March 25, 2016

    I remember stories of the depression. This looks to be an interesting book.

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  40. Wendy Newcomb
    March 25, 2016

    I really enjoy your books Olivia, and this one sounds really good! Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  41. Wendy Newcomb
    March 25, 2016

    I shared your Facebook Post on my page (https://www.facebook.com/wendy.newcomb.92).

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  42. Melinda Tollie
    March 25, 2016

    I would love to win a copy of this book. God bless you for your talent!

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  43. Dianne Caeey
    March 25, 2016

    I heard stories about the depression from my parents. I guess you wouldn’t think the Amish would be as severely affected because they are basically farmers, it would be interesting to read about the Amish during the depression. Would really enjoy reading. Liked and shared on Facebook.

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  44. Penny L. Ray
    March 25, 2016

    I would be blessed to win a copy! I share with my special needs friend, then it goes to a nursing home library.

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  45. Juanita Cook
    March 26, 2016

    Would love to win a copy of this Book. Thanks for a chance of winning

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  46. Judy Adams
    March 26, 2016

    I have never read anything by this author, so to win a book and get to know her style of writing would be great… I hope I get a chance to win this…Thanks

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  47. Ruth Swartz
    March 26, 2016

    WOULD LOVE TO WIN YOUR NEW BOOK HAVE BEEN READING AMISHS BOOKS FOR A LONG TIME AND ALSO GOT MY HUBBY READING THEM NOW WHAT A TREAT,THANK

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  48. Melissa Henderson
    March 26, 2016

    I love to read and love to read Amish stories. 🙂

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  49. Janet McGraw
    March 26, 2016

    I love to read books with Amish characters. I’m always looking for new authors so am anxious to give this one a read!

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  50. Sandy Zainey
    March 26, 2016

    Luv to read Amish books. Would be Super Excited to read this book. Shared

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  51. Christine Caldon
    March 26, 2016

    This book sounds fascinating. I would love to win a copy.

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  52. Michelle Dawn
    April 6, 2016

    The winner of HOPE IN THE LAND is Susan Simpson. Congratulations!!

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