Saturday, 30 June 2007

A Sister's Secret by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Giveaway!

Everything is going well for Grace: a loving family, a waitress job, and a wedding on the way. But when Gary Walker comes to her Amish community, Grace's secret threatens to destroy everything she holds dear. Grace is ashamed of her running-around years (rumschpringe), and has kept it hush-hush since returning to join the Amish church.

Gary shows up as a freelance photographer and writer, but he is capable of much more. Not only does he know some of Grace's secret, he is part of it. As a contrast to Gary's evil ways, fiance' Cleon Schrock is filled with all things good. Does Grace have the strength to reveal her secret?

Compounding the situation are the unusual pranks gone too far in hurting the Hostettler family. Is Gary to blame, or is someone upset with Grace's father? Why is it easier to turn the other cheek for strangers than for your own kin?


book cover

A Sister's Secret

Wanda E. Brunstetter

ISBN: 978-1-59789-226-1


On shelves July 1, 2007

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Wanda E. Brunstetter is a nationally recognized expert on the Amish community. Last autumn her Amish-themed book sales surpassed the million mark, bringing her total of books sold to 1.6 million. She enjoys an uncommon kinship with the Amish community. Letters from all over the country arrive from her Amish readers, and she's been told her books are passed "from buggy to buggy." Wanda's books have received various honors including the 2006 Retailers Choice Award and Christian Book Distributor's Book of the Week, as well as topping the charts of the Christian Booksellers Association and CDA.

Author is available for interview.

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Author, Wanda E. Brunstetter

Welcome, Wanda E. Brunstetter, to our interview today. Let's chat!

Where did you birth the idea for A Sister's Secret? When? How did it come about?

Sometime ago, I read about some Amish people in Pennsylvania who had suffered a senseless attack, and it made me wonder how they dealt with it, and how it must have made them feel to be unjustly attacked. I decided to use that as a focus for this series and show my readers what true forgiveness is all about.

If your book was turned into a movie, who would play the main characters?

I would pray that whoever was chosen to play the main character would be a person of integrity. Also, it should be someone who respects the Amish way of life.

Which character do you most relate to, and why?

I think there are elements of all my characters that I can relate to on some level. Just like in life, it's not all that difficult to put yourself in someone else's shoes and relate to what they are going through.

What sort of research was involved in writing A Sister's Secret?

I visited Holmes County, Ohio several times before the idea came to me to set a series of books there. I also have spent many hours with Amish friends who live in that area, which helped me understand them better, but also gave me a good understanding of the lay of the land.

Tell us a little more about the series of books that starts with A Sister's Secret. Why did you choose this county for the setting of this series?

I chose Holmes County because my husband and I have visited there several times and we've come to appreciate the beauty of the area, as well as come to know and love many wonderful Amish and English people who live there. I wanted to tell a story of love and forgiveness, and show the reader that despite anything in our past, God forgives and can use us to His glory.

What takeaway points do you hope the reader pulls from A Sister's Secret?

Secrets from the past can sometimes be painful when the truth is revealed. Harboring resentment toward someone who has wronged you can only bring anguish. True forgiveness brings peace to the soul.

How do you deal with your other obligations (family, church, etc.) when it's crunch time near deadlines?

I sometimes have to let everything but my writing go, and with the help of my husband, I'm able to do that whenever necessary.

What's your favorite writer's block trick?

I take a shower. Ideas always seem to flow well under running water.

What book are you reading now?
I'm reading Freedom of the Soul by Tracey Bateman. It's Book 2 in the Penbrook series, and I highly recommend it.

What's your favorite worship song, and why?

"They that Wait Upon the Lord," because I know from past experience that it's sometimes necessary to wait for God's answers, and that His timing is always best.

What do you crave (beverage or food) when you have writer's stress?

A big bowl of fresh strawberries drenched with maple-flavored yogurt.

Can you share something with our readers about what God has been teaching you lately?

After spending time with some of our Amish friends recently, I was reminded of the importance of taking time out every day to enjoy all the beauty God has made for us, and to keep my focus on God and my precious family, not the "things" of the world.

Why do you think readers have an interest in the Amish/Mennonite way of life?

In this hectic world we live in, our souls cry out for simplicity. I believe many people are searching for ways to simplify their lives and put their focus on the important things in life, not on material things. Reading about the Amish and Mennonites, who don't put an emphasis on worldly things, helps others to be able to do that, too.

What does the Amish community think about your writings?

The Amish I know personally have told me that they enjoy reading my novels. I've had many Amish people who attended my book signings tell me that they appreciate the way I portray them.

Thank you, Wanda, for visiting with us today. I can't wait to read the next book in Holmes County Series.

I have a copy of A Sister's Secret to give away ~ all my readers are welcome to enter so leave a post before midnight on Thursday 5th July, 2007 and you will be in the draw!


Danielle said...

Your blog is a gold mine of reviews and such! And you update so regularly!

I just finished reading Angela Hunt's "Uncharted". Have you read it? Whoowee! I love stories with a twist in the tale.

I noticed on your profile, too, that one of your favourite shows is the BBC 'North & South'. That is quality viewing! I love it, too.

P.S. Am I allowed to join this giveaway even though I entered the last one?

Rel said...

Uncharted is in my TBR pile! Always great to get a recommendation!

Please join any of the giveaways - only way to win :)

Tracy said...

Oh yes, please please please(!) put me in the draw for this one. My favourite books are those about the Amish & Mennonite people. I was just telling my Dad yesterday that I'd love to spend a month living with them, just to experience the way they live....but I'll just have to keep doing it through escapism in novels!

Thanks Rel


Fiona said...

Count me in too please. I am roaring through my TBR shelf, another book down!!!

angela said...

The interview with Wanda was quite interesting. Please add my name to the hat.

aussietigger1980 said...

Haha, Danielle is more polite than me (she's a friend) as I never would have thought to've gotta know that my name would be on this post entering yet another giveaway. :D Thank you for doing them!!!!!

aussietigger1980 said...

As usual, I have thought of more to say...just wanted to let you know I love it when you do author interviews!! Also, I have recently read both of the books in the Penbrook series by Tracey Bateman that Wanda recommended and I highly recommend them too!

nolene said...

The novels about the Amish always sound fascinating so count me in.

Jaana said...

I would love to win a copy of this book! I love well-written Amish books. Last Amish book I read inspired me to make Amish stew for our family-dinner! My husband started calling me his Amish wife!!!

Julia said...

Hi, I would love to win a copy of this book. My email address is itsmyemail (at)

Julia said...

I have to say that I really love reading Wanda's books. In fact, I love reading ANYTHING about the Amish people.

happylittlemomma said...

Please enter me too!!

Btw, I am the Narelle sister of aussietigger1980/Kristy and Julia, above, is also our sister. Can you tell reading runs in the family? lol

ad said...

I love stories of the Amish community so please add my name too.Ta.

Rel said...

Great to "meet" you Julia and Narelle! My sister always has first dibs on my books to know what you mean!

tetewa said...

I'd like to be entered in the draw for the book!

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