I am very excited about my new series, An Amish Bookstore, and book #1—The Bookseller’s Promise—releases April 19th. My last series, the Amish Inn novels, was set in Montgomery, Indiana, and so is this new series. For those of you who read the Amish Inn novels, yes . . . Lizzie and Esther DO have cameos in the Amish Bookstore series. I’ve had lots of inquiries about those matchmaking widows, and the sisters have a few things up their sleeves in this series too.
Why Montgomery, Indiana? The Amish communities I’m currently writing about allow me an opportunity to mix business and pleasure. We visit family in that area as often as we can since our grandchildren are there. 🙂 I’ve had the privilege to meet some of the Amish families in the area also. Most readers of the Amish genre know that the clothes, rules (Amish Ordnung), and even buggy colors vary from state to state, and even district to district. After writing a series set in both Pennsylvania and Colorado, it’s been fun to learn about the Plain folks living in southern Indiana. It’s not a touristy location, but the locals know where the Amish women will be set up and selling baked goods, jams, and handmade items. It’s not uncommon to see buggies on the road if you know where the Amish communities are located.
I try to include local eateries and other landmarks in my books, and it’s fun to hear from readers in Indiana who are familiar with those places. I’m also fictionally adding to the town of Montgomery by adding The Peony Inn in my last series, and I’ve given Montgomery an Amish bookstore in The Bookseller’s Promise. There will be two more books in the series: The Story of Love and Hopefully Ever After.
From the back cover of The Bookseller’s Promise:
In the first novel of Beth Wiseman’s new Amish Bookstore series, a rare, old book may hold answers to a present-day romance.
Yvonne Wilson arrives in Montgomery, Indiana, determined to purchase a rare book on behalf of a client willing to pay her an absurd amount of money for her efforts. Engaged to be married in a few months, Yvonne is thrown off guard when she finds herself attracted to the handsome bookstore owner, Jake Lantz—and now she’s asking herself unexpected questions about her future.
Jake Lantz made a promise to his grandfather to never sell the book Yvonne wants to buy, and it’s a promise he plans to keep. Jake begins to read the book with Eva, one of his employees, and Eva sees this time together as a way to get Jake to see her in a new light. Eva’s loved him for years but senses Yvonne’s attraction to Jake right away—and she wonders how Jake feels about Yvonne, an attractive English woman determined to stay in Montgomery until she convinces Jake to sell the rare book.
As Yvonne’s, Jake’s, and Eva’s individual paths merge into something more than they could have imagined, each must face decisions they never anticipated. Will Jake ultimately break his promise to his grandfather? Will Yvonne leave the quaint life she’s been living in Amish Country to go back to her fiancé? And will Eva be able to get Jake to see her as more than a friend? The answers just might be buried within the pages of a rare book.
And I was thrilled about this review from Publisher’s Weekly:
“Wiseman (A Season of Change) kicks off her Amish Bookstore series with a heartfelt inspirational romance . . . Wiseman skillfully interweaves the romantic and conversion story lines and has an easy hand juggling her ensemble cast. Anyone who has ever known the power of a book to change lives will appreciate this tale of love and faith.” ~ Publisher’s Weekly
I’m excited for readers to get their hands on The Bookseller’s Promise, and I’ll be giving away an autographed copy. One reader will be selected at random. All you need to do is leave a comment naming a book that changed your life (aside from the Bible) or made a big impact in a positive way.
Bestselling and award-winning author Beth Wiseman has sold over two million books. She is the recipient of the coveted Holt Medallion, a two-time Carol Award winner, and has won the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award three times. Her books have been on various bestseller lists, including CBD, CBA, ECPA, and Publishers Weekly. Beth and her husband are empty nesters enjoying country life in south central Texas. Visit her online at BethWiseman.com; Facebook: @AuthorBethWiseman; Twitter: @BethWiseman; Instagram: @bethwisemanauthor.
Giveaway starts today, Tuesday, April 19th and ends Tuesday, April 26th and is only open to US residents (sorry!). One winner will be selected at random and announced on Wednesday, the 27th in the comment section of this blog post.
i love beth wiseman. have read several of her books and am looking forward to this series.
I’ve enjoyed every one of Beth Wiseman’s books that I’ve read and look forward to reading this one as well.
I love Beth Wiseman’s books. Beth drags me into each story, like I am right there. Other than the Bible, the book that changed my life is The Shunning by Beverly Lewis. She turned me onto Amish fiction. I had not heard of the Amish before. I was hooker on learning everything about the Amish from that one book. Then come to find out, I lived 30 minutes from an Amish community that had an Amish market where I started buying bulk spices, produce, along with other foods. I also, thought of how I was living my life. I have always believed in God and have always had, and still do, a relationship with Him. The Shunning made me want to live a simpler life. Not necessarily be Amish, but adopt some of their lifestyle. When I read The Shunning, that was 16 years ago. Now, I live 15 miles from an Amish community and love the Amish market they have abd have learned to make whoopie pies. My husbsnd and I have even met Beverly and her husband when they were in Michigan for a book signing. What a grand event in my life!
I would love to read some uplifting Amish writings again
The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. I read it and adopted his perspective when I was a teenager. Have read it many times since.
i have several of Beth Wiseman’s books and have read many more.
Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius it is a memoir. I have read it a few times.
I only read Amish stories. I quit reading the other romance books as they seem to be to explicit. I have read several of Betg Wiseman’s books and enjoy they.
Thank you for offering this Give Away. I love reading all Amish book’s. I certainly would love to read this one by Beth Wiseman.
I can’t pick a name of one single book, but can say, by reading all the Amish books, that they have shown me just how materialistic “Englisher”s” are..It has made me realize I don’t have to have everything, and have toned down what I own, and I have got along just fine..Love reading Beth Wiseman’s books, keeps you glued to the pages..
The one book that stands out to me that made a huge impact in my life was Francine Rivers “Redeeming Love”. It came at a time in my life that I was bound up by my past mistakes & through that book, God broke those chains and set me free! It is amazing what God can do through the written word. I’ve never been haunted by my past again, praise the Lord!
Thank you for the chance to win a copy of ” The Booksellers Promise “! It’s one I already have on my want-to-read list.
I love The Lorax by dr suess!
I would love to win love your books. Thank you for a chance.
Amish Fiction is my favorite. I find it very relaxing. I’m excited to read The Bookseller’s Promise.
Can’t wait to read!
There have been so many as I used to go with my dad every other weekend from the foster home and we would walk to the library he would head to the westerns and of course I headed to the kids section. He changed my life in many ways but Ann H Gabhart really did when I read her book Angel Sister. I had went thru so many things in 2 foster homes that no no child should ever have to go thru and thought if I had a sister there might of been someone to tell when one of their kids always dragged me to the treehouse and raped me. Wow I wanted to talk to someone I could trust and also have someone braver than me tell on him as he threatened I would be sent to a different foster home and that all the others were worse.
I have not had the opportunity to read one of Beth’s books yet, but would like to. This sounds wonderful.
You are missing out ~ IF you like Amish novels! She does a fine job of research, and writing what Amish life just might be like!
♥️ her books!
One of my favorite books is Grace by Richard Paul Evans just simply loved it, thank for the chance to win .
The book After Anne by Roxanne Henke changed my life and helped me to see the wisdom and hope to get help for depression.
I am so looking forward to this series!
Can’t wait to read these books!
One book that impacted my life in a positive way was The Shopkeeper’s Daughter by Wanda Brunstetter. This book was given to me by a friend for my birthday. It was the first Amish fiction book I had read. That book was the gateway to MANY great Amish fiction books I have enjoyed in past years. Each one is different and has such a wholesome message about life in it.
I love love love Beth’s books! The book that had a huge impact on me was “Christy” by Catherine Marshall. Thank you for the chance!
I love all your books. Can’t wait to read this new series.
I have read 40 of Beth’s books so you can see I love her writing. Always happy when a new one comes out. Thank you for the chance to win!
I also enjoy reading Beth’s books and am intrigued by Amish books. I love learning everything I can about the Amish way and their traditions.
The book that had a lasting affect on me was “ Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom This book touched my very soul and certainly brought the tears streaming down my face. Such an emotional but loving & compassionate relationship between student and professor. This is a non-fiction book that touches the heart and teaches us lifelong lessons but also to appreciate and take each day on this earth one day at a time. What a beautifully written and inspiring book.
Thanks for all these great comments!
I Read Everyone Of Beth Wiseman’s Books. I Read Alot Of Amish & Mennonite Books. Thanks Beth For All Your Books.
I have read several books by Beth Wiseman. Have loved all of them.
All of Beth Wiseman’s books help me to connect with God, Beth was one of the first authors I came to know, read her books, and they all open my heart to Jesus.
I can’t pick one book but Dr. James Dobson was influential as I was raising chidren; being the first Christian in my family. All the grace-filled concepts were revelations to me. As a child, mysteries like The Hardy Boys and Trixie Belden fueled my love for reading.
“The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch…..OMG have the book and listened to several of his lectures before he passed….he was a wonderful speaker and person….such a loss … gone so young…what an inspirational person …… and love Amish books….authors….always a joy to read …thanks for the opportunity to win a book….
Amish fiction is my favorite genre. This sounds like a very interesting read. Would be thrilled to win a copy. Thank you.
Biographys, local interest and amish is my favorite reading. I would love to read this one!
My husband I live in Texas and we planned to trip to the state that I was born and raised in. I visited the town of Montgomery and talked to the selles of jams,jellies, preserves, breads and Amish. We had a lot of fun but ran ouf of time and missed the furniture factory. We did eat two Amish run restaurants. One was a buffet with a view of a near by lake. The food reminded me of my childbood! I was happy that I cried. I told the servers that the food was wonderful. They had a huge selction of pies. I hope to go back there something.
I really liked one light still shines by the wife of the Amish school shooter very informative a must read also Amish grace
Congratulations Jean! You are the winner of a copy of The Bookseller’s Promise. Please watch your email for details on how to claim your book. Thanks for entering!
Love Beth’s writing style and the way she can weave a story together! I have many of her books and look forward to this new series! Her stories always make me wish that the Amish characters lived next door!
I only read Amish novels now, and she is one of my favorite authors!
Thank you Beth Wiseman for this opportunity ~ Blessings to you.
Of all of the Amish stories that I have read, usually the last one read is my favorite! 🥰
Aside from that ~ A few years back, I really enjoyed a book authored by Lynn Austin named “Candle in the Darkness”….. First book in “Refiner’s Fire” series… an amazing, heart wrenching historical story that was recommended by my cousin, and a real eye opener for me.
I can think of several books, 6 of them in fact, that changed my life.
It’s been almost 3 years since an EF3 tornado literally turned our lives upside down.
We put our belongs what we could salvage in a storage unit, along with boxes & boxes of books. There was no way we could get to anything in the storage unit.
I wrote an author and told her about what happened and that we were living in a hotel.
I also told her that I had no books to read, which I didn’t.
We checked our mail every day for about one and a half years. I was pleasantly surprised when a box of books showed up in the mailbox.
Thank the Lord for watching over us and keeping us safe,
and Thank the Lord for Christian Fiction Authors.
Love Beth Wiseman books! Great interview.
A book that changed my life is actually a Beth Wiseman book entitled Seek Me With All Your Heart. I loved Emily and David’s story, but what changed my life was the title and it’s connection to the Bible verse in Jeremiah 29:13: “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” NKJV. The story made that verse take on a whole new and deeper meaning for me than it had ever done before. To this day, that remains one of my favorite Bible verses, and the book is definitely one that is near and dear to my heart.
It’s not an Amish book but many of the Amish books have contributed to my life. But the book that taught me a Life Lesson was: Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff, It’s All Small Stuff!
Meaning we need to focus on the good we have and leave it in Gods hand when we don’t understand something. Embrace today and say goodbye to yesterday because we can’t change yesterday. We can be present today because we are alive. And we can hope for tomorrow but LIVE in The Day We have!
Voice in the Wind by Francine Winters greatly affected me since I had been hurt by someone in our small church and after reading the series of 3 books, my heart was deeply moved and brought me closer than I had been before.
I remember my teacher reading us The Box car Children to the class from that day forward i was hooked on reading books and have not stopped.
i enjoyed reading the synopsis of your two books and would like to read them. Thanks for the giveaway.
I have always enjoyed readind. Beth has definitely been one of my favorite authors.
To answer your question, the one book that had a huge impact on me, besides the Bible, is Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott. This is one book I read over and over again….it certainly had an impact on my love for reading.
For several years now I have been only reading Amish fiction and I have visited Holmes County, OH and Lancaster, PA. I admire the Amish for their faith and family values. I honestly cannot think of one particular book that has influenced me. Thank you for the chance to win.
I’ve read some of your books and enjoyed reading them. I read Amish books as they are clean thanks for a chance to win one of your book.
little women. my grandmother and my mom always told me i was named after the character Amy. and my mom always told me she read little women over and over.
When I was young the Encyclopedia Brown books made me love mysteries.
Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol is one long time favorite that still packs a powerful message to me. It led me to more of this author’s wealth of amazing stories that cover human nature at its best and word of times.
I love all of Beth’s books. I am looking forward to reading this new book. I love all Amish books. I love the clean and simple life of the stories. I have read many books that had an impact on my life, but the one I would choose would be Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. It showed me that God forgives and that he loves us no matter how broken we are. Thanks for a chance to win this book.
Beth Wiseman is a gifted writer and her books are always fresh great to read!
When I read stories about the Amish, it fills me with serenity and peace. I just finished reading “ Amish Proverbs” . The words make an impact on my everyday life.
I LOVE your books. Have a lot on my bookcase.