An Amish Lifestyle Short Story by Tracy Fredrychowski


Growing up in Northwestern PA I had the joy of being surrounded by multiple Amish settlements. Their culture and lifestyle became embedded in how I view the world and made me fall in love with their simple lifestyle. While I am not Amish I do live by many of their God centered, family focused, hard working values and admire their uncomplicated existence.

I invite you to join me as I take some of my experiences and write about the fictional town of Willow Springs. Come and meet the Byler and Troyer families through a series of short stories that are sure to give you a glimpse of authentic Amish life.

While the heat of summer is fading and the crisp cool air of autumn making its appearance, many Amish farmers are busy harvesting their crops and preparing for winter. Most men look forward to this time of the year and are already thinking about the first day of hunting season.

Come join me as we visit with Anna May as she take a short walk down memory lane in …

It was before dawn as Anna May hurried out of bed to get the coffee going before her son Martin came knocking at her door. It was the first day of hunting season, and she wanted to make sure he had a good breakfast before he went to the woods.

It was the Monday after Thanksgiving, and all the men in her Amish Community had been planning this day for weeks. As she filled the coffee pot, she looked out the kitchen window to see the moon reflecting off a fresh layer of early snow. A deep sadness overtook her as she remembered how Walter loved the first snow. It was all she could do to keep her emotions inside.

She set the coffee pot on the stove, added a few pieces of kindling wood to the firebox and busied herself rinsing the beans that had been soaking overnight. As she set the pot of beans back on the stove, she was reminded of the day the stove was delivered.

Tracy Fredrychowski

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Tracy Fredrychowski lives a simple life in a modern world on her South Carolina farm. Writing for the popular blog, Our Simple Homestead, she strives to preserve the art of homemaking and homesteading while encouraging her readers to slow down and live a quiet stress-free life. With a focus on Amish fiction, she inspires her readers to live a God-centered life through faith, family, and community.

A Different Amish Mystery By Amanda Flower


The Amish Candy Shop Mystery Series debuted at the end of August with the release of Assaulted Caramel. When I was asked to write another Amish mystery series after I had written the popular Appleseed Creek Mysteries and the Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries, which I wrote under the pen name Isabella Alan, I was a little bit hesitant. After writing ten Amish mysteries, what more did I have to say? How many more ways could I have a murder occur in Ohio’s Amish Country without jumping the shark? Despite my reservations, my agent and editor were both convinced that I should write another Amish series, and I started to think how I could make it different even though it was still set among the Ohio Amish. Here are the ways the Amish Candy Shop Mysteries are different from any other Amish books I’ve written before.

1) The protagonist, Bailey King, is an opinionated New Yorker. She also made some mistakes in her past. They are big mistakes too. She is unlike innocent Chloe Humphrey from Appleseed Creek or quirky Angie Braddock from the Amish Quilt Shop. Bailey is more edgy.

2) For the first time, I am writing a series built around food and with recipes! Believe you me, this terrified me as I am a mediocre cook and never until writing this series attempted to make candy. The candy thermometer scares me. I will only test recipes with a much more experienced cook by my side.

3) There is bad boy in the series. Usually, my characters fall for the nice guy, but Bailey is a little more daring with her heart.

4) The candy shop is built around the many candy shops that I had visited in Holmes County while researching the series. The types of candies, how they are made and packaged, and how they are displayed, comes straight from those visits. Yes, I do know that it is a tough assignment to visit candy shops for a book. Even worse, I had to EAT the candy. All part of the job.

5) There is a big surprise near the end of the book, and no, it’s not the identity of the killer although I hope that surprises you too! This surprise was totally unexpected and set the course for all the books to come after it. It even surprised me when I wrote it. Nope, I’m not going to tell you what it is, but if you read the novel and figure out what I am referring to, message me on Facebook or shoot me an email. I’d love to hear what you think it is!

Amanda Flower is a national bestselling and Agatha Award winning mystery author. She also writes mysteries as USA Today bestselling author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is librarian in Northeast Ohio. Follow Amanda on Social Media at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

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Weddings at Promise Lodge: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

Weddings at Promise Lodge

Weddings at Promise Lodge – Interesting and Entertaining

When you find a novel by Charlotte Hubbard, you know you’ve found a fun treat. Such was the case when I happened upon her latest release, Weddings at Promise Lodge. It’s a great little novel to end the summer.

Weddings at Promise Lodge takes readers back to Promise Lodge and its famous Bender sisters. Christine is smitten with a widowed newcomer, Bishop Monroe Burkholder. But when a woman from his old church shows up at Promise Lodge claiming that Monroe “ruined” her, the drama begins.

I was given Weddings at Promise Lodge in exchange for my honest review. While it can be read as a stand-alone, I recommend reading them in order as many storylines, including how Promise Lodge came into being, are established in previous novels. I thoroughly enjoyed the sweet romances made at Promise Lodge, but was caught a bit off guard by the unconventional ways of the Promise Lodge church. The characters were openly amorous with one another, and even a bit suggestive. I would say this is more of a Christian fiction novel, rather than an Amish genre novel. That being said, I found the storylines interesting and entertaining.

Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!

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